Police Sunday booked five domestic helps for allegedly stealing gold and diamond jewelleries worth Rs 1.34 crore from the south Mumbai apartment of a 64-year-old owner of a trading company.
However, no one has been arrested yet.
Tardeo police registered the case under sections 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code against the five domestic helps.
The police said that the complainant stays with his family in Raheja Excelsior residential building in Tardeo.
As per the complaint, his 68-year-old wife had left home for some work at around 11.30 am on October 26.
“When my wife went out, she wore jewellery like a solitaire ring with diamond and gold mix, a tangle ring with diamond and gold mix, and a solitaire ring with diamond and gold mix along with a tangle diamond,” read the complaint.
The woman returned home by around 3.30pm on the same day.
“She then removed the jewellery and kept it in a pouch. The cloth bag that contained the ornaments was kept in the cupboard which was subsequently locked,” said a police officer investigating the case.
An hour later, two of the house helps were assigned the job of cleaning their bedroom. They were also told to remove all the goods and valuables from the cupboard before cleaning it. And as they finished the job by 6.15pm, the cupboard was locked and it’s keys were kept under the mattress in the bedroom.
“On October 27, the complainant and his wife wanted to go for a party and while they were getting ready, the woman wanted to wear the ornaments,” said an officer.
However the 68-year-old woman could not find the ornaments following which she informed the complainant and the couple inquired with their five domestic help.
“The senior citizen couple were not convinced by their answers after which they tried looking for it again in the house and as they could not find them, they then reported the matter at Tardeo police station,” said an officer.
The complainant, in his statement to police, alleged that at least one of their domestic helps is involved in stealing the gold ornaments.
“We have interrogated the servants but we are not finding any clue. They have not confessed to the crime either. Two of their domestic help have been employed with them for 35 years and 17 years respectively due to which we suspect that the other three employees could be involved. We are trying to find evidence,” said an investigator.