Panaji police arrested three accused persons in the Campal electronic equipment theft case on Friday, which was registered in December, 2012.
Electronic equipment worth around 10 lakh was stolen from an electronic goods showroom at Campal.
Deputy Superintendent of police Umesh Gaonkar said "Panaji police has arrested Laxmidas Mangeshkar, 21, of Gudiwada- Neura in Tiswadi, Nagesh Naik, 19, of St Cruz and Bhalchandra Murgaonkar, 23, of Divar". Police has recovered around 1 lakh worth of electronic equipment. Gaonkar said Murgaonkar was working at the showroom and he had kept the rear window open for Mangeshkar and Naik to commit the theft. "Murgaonkar left the job at the showroom within 15 days after the incident," said Goankar.
Police has arrested the accused under Sections 454, 457, 380 read with 34, IPC. Police said that Nagesh was earlier arrested by Panaji police for a similar offence.
Police said that in video footages, a couple was seen stealing electronic equipments from the showroom. During the course of investigation and information from police sources, it came to light that both were male; one of whom was dressed in women's clothing.
"We were verifying the movement of the accused," Gaonkar added. During the course of investigation, Nagesh revealed that there was no woman alongwith him during the theft and it was his male partner who had dressed in a woman's clothes.
The accused also told police that the reason for wearing women's clothing was to divert the attention of police during investigation.
The Panaji police station's local information bureau (LIB) team Shriram Salgaonkar, Nitin Gaonkar, Seby Pereira, Tirthraj Mahamal and Raya Manjrekar arrested the accused. Last year, Akshay Jain complained to Panaji police that unknown accused persons entered his shop by breaking open the rear window and stole electronic equipments worth around 10 lakh. He also stated that MP3s, MP4s, cameras, handicams, a playstation, a camera printer, a cellphone and a laptop, besides cash worth 30,000 were stolen. [TOI]