Burglars on the prowl in Calangute-Candolim area


A number of thefts have been reported in the Candolim-Calangute area in the last few days. On Tuesday, a two-wheeler belonging to Thomas Fernandes, a resident of Ximer-Candolim, was robbed when its owner had parked it at Candolim. An offence has been registered under Section 379 of the IPC.
Earlier on Tuesday morning, Ipshita Chaudhury, a tourist from Kolkatta, was robbed of her handbag containing a wallet, cellphone, sunglasses, and 3,000 in cash by three persons while she was walking along the road. Members of the public managed to nab the three assailants and later handed them over to the police. They were identified as Girish Kumar, Kiran Kumar and a minor boy. The Calangute police have registered an offence under Sections 356, 379 read with 34 of the IPC.
On Monday, a foreign tourist was allegedly assaulted and robbed of his bag containing personal items while he was walking in Gauravaddo in the evening. He was also reportedly assaulted by the two assailants who had covered their faces with a cloth mask. The thieves escaped on a two-wheeler. On Sunday, two foreign women were robbed of their bags while they were walking alongside the road in Calangute.
Also on Sunday, Vinay Haldankar alias Fatinga, a history-sheeter, was arrested for being in possession of a stolen two-wheeler. He was earlier arrested in a number of other cases of thefts and robberies, including one case where he would come out from a drug rehabilitation facility during the night with the aid of the security guard and commit thefts in the Calangute area before returning to the drug rehab facility before daybreak.
On Sunday, the police while on patrol duty, stopped Haldankar for questioning in connection with the cases of bag-snatching and found him in possession of the stolen two-wheeler. He was later arrested. [TOI]