‘Navy’ man uses fake gun and steals phones worth ₹6 | Bombay News

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MUMBAI: A 42-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly stealing mobile phones collectively worth Rs 5.7 lakh from a shop in Khar in broad daylight. The accused used a gun-like lighter to steal the high-end phones.
A store clerk, Prathamesh Mali (24), tried to chase him but gave up fearing the thief would shoot him. The case was solved within a week after police tracked down the accused from CCTV footage.
The incident occurred on March 5 between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. when the accused, Salim Shaikh, entered the store following Mali who had opened the store. “Shaikh engaged him in a conversation claiming he was employed by the Navy or Customs and had gotten rid of cell phones and other gadgets. He used a stolen bicycle to escape after stealing,” an officer from Khar police station said.
In his complaint, Mali said: “The man asked me to show cell phones to buy. He kept it in his bag and left the store. I tried to grab him, but when I noticed a gun he had slipped into his pants before riding off on his bike.
Based on the complaint, Zonal DCP Manjunath Singe supervised Senior Inspector Mahadev Nimbalkar, Inspector Sandeep Yede-Patil, Sub-Inspector Sachin Trimukhe who tracked the accused and recovered eight stolen phones, 13 iPhones ( including five stolen from Khar’s shop), 12 SIM cards, six Aadhaar cards with different names, a fake vehicle registration plate, the stolen bicycle and a fake weapon.
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