BENGALURU: Three Mumbai-based women who conspired to steal valuables from a household here have been arrested.
Priyanka Rajesh Mogre, 29, Mahadevi, 26, and Vanitha Gaikwad, 37, were active in Mumbai and recently came to Bengaluru to commit offences. The police recovered 250 grams of gold and 100 grams of silver items.
Cops said Vanitha led the squad and faced over 37 cases of theft and burglary in Maharashtra. Priyanka had studied up to class 12 and had knowledge of social media. The gang came to Bengaluru in April and Priyanka posted a self-advertisement on a Facebook page titled “Refer House Maids, Bangalore”.
Aravind R, a builder, contacted them. Mahadevi approached Aravind at his apartment near Horamavu Agara and introduced herself as Subbulakshmi from Dakshina Kannada. She gave him a fake Aadhaar card as proof of identity to join as a maid on May 3. On May 6, she escaped with 250 grams of gold and 100 grams of silver items. Hennur Police have registered a case of theft, based on a complaint filed by Aravind. Police said the defendants claimed this was their first offense in Bengaluru but had several cases pending against them in Mumbai.
Priyanka and Mahadevi are friends, just like their husbands. They got in touch with Vanitha a few years ago. They would visit apartments in Mumbai, befriend security guards, and find work as housekeepers with their recommendation. They would steal valuables within days and disappear. However, in Bangalore they used social media to find jobs.
DCP (East) Bheemashankar S Guled has formed a special team to solve the case. Through the mobile phone number mentioned in the Facebook ad, police learned that the housekeeper had arrived from Mumbai. Cops discovered that three women, including a maid, were staying at a lodge near Upparpet and left town shortly after Mahadevi stole the valuables.