Cops foil robbery at rly quarters, arrest four
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Cops patrolling GTB Nagar on Friday foiled a robbery at the railway officers' quarters by first rounding up two accomplices the robbers had deployed outside as lookouts and arresting two of the three robbers who emerged with the stolen goods. One of the robbers managed to flee. Cops recovered a TV set and a cellphone from them and were waiting for the owner of the house to return from his native place to verify if anything else had been stolen.
Police said two constables spotted one of the lookouts outside the building and when he could not explain his presence, radioed for back up. The man confessed he was a lookout and that his accomplices were breaking into a house on the first floor.
The police team arrived and silently took position. "We sent a team to the area, which, armed with revolvers took position around the building. A second lookout was arrested on the landing between the ground floor and the first floor. He was brought downstairs. The team decided to wait for the robbers to emerge instead of risking possibly a shootout inside a residential building," said an officer with Sion police.
Three men emerged carrying crowbars and bags, and police asked them to surrender, which led to a scuffle, during which one fled. The other two were arrested.
Police identified the arrested as Hemant Shinde (23), Shankar Channani (23) (the lookouts) and Rajesh Rajbhar (24) and Ravi Bhalki (20). The absconding accused has been identified as Jitu Dusange (28). Police recovered a television set and a cellphone from the accused, which they stole from the residence of railway officer Rajesh Sharma. "The accused had stolen a car to use as a getaway vehicle. Barring Channani, all have criminal backgrounds. Rajbhar was released from prison a month ago after serving a three-year term for robbery," the officer added.
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