Police catch serial burglar, crack 127 cases

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Pune: On Thursday, the crime branch of Pune police declared that it cracked 127 cases of burglary following the recent arrest of an inter-state criminal.

The police arrested 6 other criminals and recovered gold and silver jewellery worth Rs. 37.73 lakhs. Munna Qureshi, the main offender had residences in Mumbai and Hyderabad, confirmed the police.
Ravindra Shisve, joint commissioner of police said on Thursday at a press conference, alongside Ashok Morale, additional commissioner of police and Bachchan Singh, deputy commissioner of police said, “The solved cases include 82 from Pune and 45 from Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and New Delhi.

Shisve further said that Qureshi was caught on CCTV cameras multiple times, but they not able to trace his whereabouts. “He constantly changed his aliases and address to evade capture,” he elaborated.
On January 21, a police team led by Datta Chavan, senior crime branch inspector followed Qureshi’s car near Sanjay Park in Viman Nagar before arresting him. Weapons were found in his car as well as Qureshi’s involvement in other burglaries under questioning was established. The offender also named a local accomplice, Ishwar Shindewal, alias Chintya.
According to the investigation, Qureshi with the help of Shindewal would conduct a recce of housing societies in his car. Qureshi would go in locked flats, mostly at night whilst Shindewal kept an eye on him outside. Later, Qureshi would talk help from his friends and relatives in Hyderabad to sell the loot.

Shindewal and the other accomplices have been arrested.
The policemen involved in the arrest will be awarded Rs. 25,000, as announced by the Pune police commissioner K Venkatesham.

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