Four suspected chainsnatchers from Pune were arrested by the Panaji police from a guesthouse on Friday, after cops recovered two cutters and one cut gold chain. They had arrived in Goa two days earlier.
Panaji police inspector Rajendra Prabhudesai said that they have arrested Digambar Jadhav, 47 and Ankush Jadhav, 35, Bajirao Sukale, 24 and Ramesh Pawa, 20, all residents of Pune Prabhudesai said that during the routine inspection of hotels, they arrested these accused under suspicion after they recovered one cut gold chain with a Ganesh idol on the pendent, and two cutters. Police have also recovered a media cutting from the accused, which mentioned some upcoming local festivals. Police suspect that this gang is involved in chain snatching during festivals as most such venues are crowded with people.
He also said that they have sent a communication to their counter parts in Pune, to verify the information and criminal record of the accused. Police have arrested them under Section 41 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
Deputy superintendent of police, Umesh Gaonkar, said that there are chainsnatchers gangs native of Maharashtra operating in the state and that cops are looking to nab them. He also said that "we have noticed motorcycles registered in Maharashtra are being used for committing the crimes."
Last week, Kamrunnisa Sheikh, a resident of Vidhyanagar, Khorlim-Mapusa, had complained that on February 10, unknown culprits on riding a motorcycle snatched her gold mangalsutra with a pendent. It weighed around 40 g and is worth 1 lakh.
In another incident of chain snatching, Nita Yeshwant Mahambray, a resident of Poira, Assonora, had lodged a complaint with the Porvorim police station that on February 17 at Porvorim, an unknown rider and his pillion snatched her gold mangalsutra worth 80,000 and fled from the spot.
In another similar incident, Smita Gurudas Chodankar, a resident of Ecoxim, Bardez, had complained that on February 18 at GoaVelha, two unknown persons, riding a black motorcycle, snatched her gold mangalsutra weighing 40g, worth 1.3 lakh. [TOI]