A 45-year-old domestic helper was detained by Mumbai police on Friday for allegedly stealing gold jewellery worth Rs. 4.02 lakhs from the home of a 63-year-old widow in Ghatkopar while she was gone.

Mangesh Bharge, the housekeeper, is charged with robbing the elderly woman’s locker of many items, including a diamond ring and a pricey watch. The police officials claim that

According to the police, the complainant, who resides with her husband in Ghatkopar (East) close to Rajawadi Hospital, hired Bharge two months ago to clean the home.

On June 24, the complainant and her husband went to Delhi for personal work. While leaving, she kept the key to the locker inside her shoes in the shoe rack.

“She had kept a pair of keys at her neighbour’s house and had asked Bharge to collect the key from them and return it to them after cleaning the house,” said an officer.

According to the police, Bharge used to follow the instructions and found the locker key on its spot.

“He then opened the locker and stole a finger ring. He did this for the next couple of days as he stole only one ornament each day,” said the police.

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On returning home on Thursday, the accused allegedly handed over the keys and informed the complainant that he would not be coming to work from the next day. He had also stopped answering her calls, said the police.

Sensing something was amiss, she reportedly checked the locker and found the ornaments were missing.

“One of the diamond rings was given to her by her mother-in-law as a ritual. While an expensive watch was also one of the things that was stolen,” said a police officer.

The woman then reported the matter at Tilak Nagar police station, after which a case was registered.

The suspect’s phone number was in our possession, but it was off. The officer stated, “We went to his house but his children were the only ones there since his wife also works as a house help. We acquired his call data record and called some of our informers when we learnt that he lived in Ghatkopar itself.

Later, he was captured in Saki Naka and taken into custody. The police claimed that during questioning, he confessed to the crime.

With the exception of one item that the accused sold to a jeweller, the police said that they were able to retrieve the most of the gold jewellery. “We’ll present him in court and ask for custody of him. We are also attempting to determine whether he has committed any thefts.

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