Thane, Feb 4: With arrest of a notorious criminal from Airoli of Navi Mumbai, the city police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the case of armed dacoity of Rs 1.86 crore here last month.
Addressing a news conference here, city police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar said that on the morning of January 30 at around 0600 hours, six armed dacoits entered the bungalow of builder Jagdish Patil, who also owned warehouses in Kalher, and threatened his wife and daughter at gunpoint.
They also tied up four inmates in the house and walked away with a booty collectively of Rs 1.86 crore, which included Rs 60 lakh in cash and 4.21 Kg of gold jewellery.
The Naproli police had then registered an offence under sections 392, 452, 454, 397, 380 read with 34 of Indian Penal Code and also sections 3 and 25 of the Arms Act along with sections 37(1) and 135 of the Maharashtra Police Act.
The police had formed a total of 12 teams to crack the case and finally zeroed on the accused, it was stated.
Acting on reliable information, police picked up a notorious criminal Dharmesh Vaishnav (38) from Navi Mumbai and during questioning, he confessed to the crime, placed him under arrest and recovered the gold jewellery from him.
Vaishnav, who hails from Dhar of Madhya Pradesh, had been convicted for ten years and was presently on parole. He had carried out the dacoity with the help of others.
His other accomplices, who are at present at large, are Ravi alias Sanjay Punjabi, Rakesh alias Shaligram, Ravindra, Baba and Keshav (all residents of MP).
Police have launched a manhunt for them, sources added. (UNI)