Jewellery stolen to enjoy casino & woman in Goa


A 27-year-old man was arrested by the Mumbai police at Calangute for stealing jewellery worth Rs18 lakh, selling some of it and then spending it on women and casinos in Goa.

Mumbai-based newspaper - DNA - reported as follows:

The accused, Rakesh Palande, was employed as a male nurse by businessman Navinkumar Luthra to take care of his 90-year-old ailing father.

While Luthra lived in Andheri, his father lived alone in Harmony Society in Malwani.

Palande was known to the family as Aakash.

On March 27, a fortnight after he was employed, Luthra and his family went to celebrate Holi at his father’s place.

While the family was celebrating, Palande slipped out with gold, diamond and pearl jewellery worth Rs18 lakh.

A complaint in this regard was filed the same day at Malwani police station.

The police could not trace Palande’s address as he used to keep changing homes in Mumbai.

Senior police inspector Abdul Rauf Shaikh said, “We tried to trace the accused using the location of his cell phone. It was switched off for a while but was later traced to Ratnagiri and different parts of Goa like Mapusa, Margao, etc. We also questioned a few of his friends who he had contacted over phone.”

After tracing him, the police laid a trap and caught him from Calangute in Goa.

Further investigation revealed that Palande had sold some of the stolen jewellery and used the money to gamble in casinos in Goa.

“The accused also worked as a tattoo artist in Goa. He took a woman along with him as well and claimed she is his wife,” assistant police inspector Rajendra Tendulkar said, adding that a similar case was registered in Palande’s name at the Samata Nagar police station a year ago.

“He had stolen goods worth 15 lakhs in another employer’s place last year. Even then he used the money on women and casinos in Goa,” Tendulkar said.

The woman, Ashwini Khirche, has also been booked for helping the accused sell the jewellery.

Palande has been remanded in judicial custody till April 24. The police have recovered jewellery worth Rs nine lakh so far.

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