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Salesman stages robbery with two friends, caught on CCTV

Kasim Siddiqui

Kasim Siddiqui  

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Electronic store employee hatched a plot to make a fast buck

The Mulund police have arrested a salesman with a Reliance electronics store for allegedly masterminding a robbery at his workplace with the help of two of his friends. While the accused acted well for the benefit of the CCTV camera at the store, footage from another camera outside the store showed him walking with the robbers, and waiting for them to get away before going back in.

According to the Mulund police, the Reliance Mini Digital Express outlet in Vasant Gardens was robbed by two men wearing black outfits and helmets on the morning of June 9.

According to the complaint by salesman Kasim Siddiqui, who was minding the store at the time, the duo barged in, assaulted him, threatened with daggers, and made away with Rs. 2.90 lakh in cash, which was in the cash register. Siddiqui further said that he tried to follow the robbers, but they fled on a motorbike.

The needle of suspicion first pointed towards Siddiqui when they found that he had waited for a full one hour before informing the police about the robbery. When the police asked him about the delay, he gave evasive answers, including that he was afraid and that he had informed his superiors and assumed that they would inform the police.

“Had he dialled the 100 helpline immediately after the robbery, we could have set up nakabandi s and the robbers might have been nabbed. Finding his behaviour suspicious, we examined CCTV footage of the store for an hour before the supposed robbery. He was seen pacing around, frequently going out of the store and then coming back, and repeatedly drinking water, which indicated a high-level of nervousness,” said inspector Keshav Kasar, Mulund police station.

The police then scoured the area around the store for other CCTV cameras, and found one mounted atop the entrance to the building where the store is located. Footage from this camera showed Siddiqui running out of the store after the robbers. This, however, was where the act stopped.Unaware that another camera was watching them, Siddiqui and the robbers walked calmly towards a bike parked across the street. He then waited for them to get on the bike and let them ride away, after which he walked back to the store and informed his seniors about the robbery. Siddiqui was then detained for questioning late on the night of June 9 and finally confessed to have masterminded the plot. He was arrested the next morning. He identified the two supposed robbers — Shehzad Mujawar and Faheem Khan — who were his friends from his locality. The duo were arrested on Tuesday, and the police have recovered Rs. 1.25 lakh from their houses.

“Siddiqui was not satisfied with the salary he was earning and wanted to make a lot of money in a short time. He hatched the plan with Mujawar and Khan. The trio discussed the plan for two days prior to the offence. After the staged robbery, they threw the clothes and helmets in the Kalwa creek,” said senior police inspector Rajaram Vhanmane, Mulund police station.

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