Spate of robberies in suburbs in Maharashtra
A gang of four armed robbers struck at a series of shops in the western suburbs, including a jewellery store in Bandra, a sweetshop in Santa Cruz and a watch showroom in Andheri.
CCTV cameras installed at two of the shops yesterday caught the men in action, but they wore helmets, which prevented their faces from being seen. No arrests have been made yet.
Investigators said the robbers were on two motorbikes.
They arrived at Tara Jewellers, Waterfield Road, Bandra (West), and threatened the security guard with choppers.
When the guard resisted, the robbers rained blows on him and managed to smash open the store's lock. But they accidentally switched on the alarm while trying to gain entry and fled.
Later, the gang landed at an outlet of Brijwasi Sweets on S V Road, Santa Cruz (West). They threatened the guard with choppers and assaulted him. This time they succeeded in gaining entry after smashing open the shutter, and made off with Rs 45,000. At 6am, the gang reached the watch showroom World Time, S V Road, Andheri (West). Again they threatened the guard with choppers and verbally abused him. Three robbers entered the store while the fourth was outside, pinning down the guard, Ranjeet Thakur (22). The three were inside the shop till 6.25am; after taking 255 wristwatches worth Rs 10 lakh and Rs 12,000 in cash, they fled.
"We have scanned CCTV footage at World Time, but neither the faces of the accused nor the registration numbers of the bikes can be seen," said an officer from the Juhu police station.