Rouges are getting much advanced as the time is changing, application of news techniques and deployment of unique ideas are the new Mantra of filches now a days. Goa Police has apparently got new breakthrough into the Porvorim Robbery Case that took place on the wee hours of Monday, in which robbers decamped 70K cash after breaking open almost 6 shops. According to the police sources “The gang used the unique modus operandi wherein a woman accomplice would first conduct a survey of the targeted places such as shops and business establishments, and the information collected was later shared with the gang members making their jobs easier”. “Being a woman, she was out of the suspicion radar of the general public,” claimed a police officer.
Porvorim police had claimed that they have busted an interstate gang of robbers involved in Porvorim robbery case after the arrest of three members including the women accomplice who reputedly helped the gang by collecting the information. The accused arrested are identified as Mustafa Hameed Pawaskar (30) from Mumbra-Thane, Fatima Khan (30) from old Mumbai and Rashid Shaik (24) from Curla-Mumbai while one more accused Sayyed Shaik is on the run.
After the robbery Goa Police started tracking down the robbers with the help of social media and whatsapp and alerted the Chitradurga police in Karnataka who nabbed the accused, although one of them managed to flee. Later Porvorim police took the custody of the robbers along with the women counterpart and taken them on 8 days remand for the further investigation.
The Police have also attached a car used in the crime along with the cash of Rs 82,000 from the accused. Five mobile phones and equipments used in the burglary have also been attached from the accused. According to police, the accused had revealed in the investigation that the woman counterpart Fatima Khan was put on the job of gathering the information of the targets, especially a business establishment like shops and once that is established the gang including the accused woman would strike stealing only cash.
According to the Porvorim police the accused has confessed of committing the thefts in similar fashion on 6 more occasions at Alibag in Thane last week. According to police, Mustafa is wanted by Mumbra police in connection with four theft cases in Mumbra while police are also verifying history of the other two accused. Police has also not ruled out involvement of the gang in similar thefts that have occurred in the state previously and are probing it.
It has to be recalled that accused persons had on wee hours of Monday reportedly burgled the shops and stolen cash of Rs 70,000 while the accused had also made an abortive bid to commit thefts in four other shops along the national highway opposite PDA colony, Porvorim. According to Porvorim police, the incident was reported before 5 am and two of the shops which had CCTV cameras installed and managed to capture the incident. The burglars forcefully gained entry into the shops by bending the shutters and after committing the crime had fled in a four-wheeler. Police, based on the CCTV footage and vehicle details developed the information and later managed to track down their mobile location in Chitradurga region in Karnataka. The Maharashtra registered vehicle was taken on rent by one of the accused. SP Umesh Gaonkar, DySP Serafin Dias, PI Brendan D’Souza along with Porvorim police team was part of the operation which led to the arrest of the accused.
Here the concern is not how smart the rogues are becoming by the day but how much Police is trying to keep up with them. To stop these robberies in future the police needs to be one step ahead of the robbers. The proper watch on Goa borders and surveillance in the town can avoid such robberies. CM had announced the installation of CCTV cameras in Porvorim and Panaji city 6 months back but nothing happened in reality. The installation of cameras on the main roads and junctions with direct connectivity in PCR can avoid so much of trouble which police needs to take post robbery to track down the culprits, unless they like to play the game of CID but jokes apart this robbery could be an eye opener to the police department, considering that those shops did not had the CCTV surveillance it would have been very difficult to trace the culprits. Please do not forget to leave your valuable comments and suggestions on this issue.
Edited by: Goa Prism News Desk