Two arrested for Mumbai’s Churchill robbery

News, Front of House

An out-of-work hardware repairman teamed up with a housekeeping staffer of Radio Club in Colaba to pull off the heist at Cafe Churchill last week.

Arif Sulaiman and Sunil More alias Raja were arrested on Monday, on the basis of images of CCTV in the restaurant. TOI was the first to report on the heist, which took place early on February 14.

Arif (29), who had studied till Std XII, was employed with a computer hardware company and earned Rs 25,000. But nine months ago, he lost his job. He also became addicted to drugs. A resident of Colaba, Arif used to hang out in the neighbourhood, when he first met Sunil (33), who works with the housekeeping at the Radio Club and lives in Colaba. “After conducting a recce in the evening, the duo entered the restaurant late at night. Brandishing choppers, they made away with Rs26,000 after attacking the cashier,” the police said.

“After carrying out the robbery, the duo went to Ajmer on a pilgrimage. We have recovered Rs 12,000 in cash from them, besides the chopper which they had bought from Manish Market. There’s a possibility that the men splurged a portion of the loot in bars,’’ an official said.

“We want to appeal to all establishments to instal CCTVs on their premises,’’ said joint commissioner Himanshu Roy. “It was the CCTV footage and the robbers’ images published in newspapers that helped us nab them. People who had spotted the men in Colaba approached us with information.’’

A team from Cuffe Parade police station nabbed Arif from Govandi, where they had gone to hunt for an offender in another robbery case. Sunil was later nabbed from Colaba. The accused appeared well-dressed, which made the police suspect that they were not regular criminals.

“We are probing if the men have been involved in similar cases elsewhere,’’ Roy said.

Source: Times of India

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