50-yr-old steals 18-kg silver from more than 100 shops over 5 years
Mumbai: A 50-year-old employee of a government telecom company has been arrested for stealing silver ornaments, idols and utensils collectively weighing 18kg and worth Rs10 lakh over the last five years.
Matunga resident Rekha Wamorkar, employed as a clerk in the company’s Prabhadevi office, reportedly took to crime to lead a comfortable life after her retirement. She had stored the stolen goods at her home and was planning to sell them after her last day at work.
“She targeted over 100 jewellery shops in the city in the last five years and had managed to avoid getting caught,” Mulund senior inspector Jivajirao Jadhav told TOI. Wamorkar ran out of luck on Sunday when she visited Mansi Jewellers on MG Road in Mulund (W) at 11.30am on the pretext buying a silver idol of Lord Shiva on Maha Shivratri.
In his complaint, Manishkumar Jain (33), owner of Mansi Jewellers, said, “The elderly woman asked my staffers to show her silver idols of Lord Shiva. A little later, she asked them to show her silverware. She diverted my employees’ attention by chatting with them and surreptitiously put some of the valuables in her bag. When I saw that some of the valuables were missing, I informed the Mulund police and didn’t allow the customers to step out of the shop till the sleuths arrived.”
The police recovered Lord Shiva idols and a few silver glasses from Wamorkar.
Jadhav said, “She used to take advantage of her age as most people don’t suspect an elderly woman to be a thief. She would distract jewellery shop staffers by engaging them in a conversation. She would then slip the valuables into her bag.”
The Mulund police will handover the valuables recovered from Wamorkar’s house to jewellers after verifying their claims.
CRIME ROUTE TO RETIREMENT DREAM
Matunga resident Rekha Wamorkar, who works as a clerk in a government telecom company, stole silver ornaments, coins and idols (in pic below) worth 10L in the last five years She had stored the stolen goods at her Matunga home and was planning to sell them after her last day at work so that she could lead a comfortable life after retirement
She used to take advantage of her age as most people don’t suspect an elderly woman to be a thief
Jivajirao Jadhav | SENIOR INSPECTOR