MUMBAI: A junior college student was traumatized after a bike-borne thief snatched her gold chain worth Rs 25,000 and sped away in Mumbai on Saturday.
Vile Parle Police solved the case within 24 hours with the arrest of Toufiq Shaikh (30) from Andheri (East) based on the description given by the 16-year-old girl who provided the last two-digit of the bike.
Police tracked Shaikh with the help of the closed-circuit television and followed the trail of Shaikh’s escape route before locating the bike that was used in the crime.
The incident occurred on March 20 at around 3.20pm when the victim was walking towards the Vile Parle railway station and was near Cigarette Factory on Andheri-Sahar Road.
“Shaikh slowed his bike on noticing the victim alone on the busy road. He has used the bike that belonged to his friend’s friend,” said a police officer.
“We first identified the bike parked in Sahar and through the owner, it was learnt that Shaikh’s friend has taken for an hour before it was returned on Saturday,” he added.
In the complaint, the victim said, “I visited my relative’s Vile Parle home who was not keeping well. I screamed for help but the biker sped away. I managed to note the last two-digit of the bike.”
Based on the complaint, Zonal DCP Manjunath Singe supervised Vile Parle police inspector Rajendra Kane, assistant inspector Kishore Doijad and detection staff that scanned through at least 30 CCTV cameras from Vile Parle to Sahar before they nabbed Shaikh.
Assistant inspector Doijad said the team first reached the bike owner’s house from where they found out from his mother who told that Shaikh’s friend has visited their home and took the bike keys.
“After robbing the victim, Shaikh parked the bike from where it was taken and slept after reaching home thinking that he will not be tracked,” he said.
Shaikh has been booked under the Indian Penal Code section for robbery.
The accused has eight cases of thefts in Sahar police station and was also booked in a case of NDPS earlier.