MUMBAI: The Khar police recently arrested a ‘serial thief’, who approaches homes in the western suburbs as a domestic help, and steals cash and gold ornaments within two hours of starting work.
Accused Vanitha Gaikwad (34), with an accomplice, stole cash, gold and diamond jewellery worth Rs 1.8 lakh from a businessman’s house in Bandra on October 19. Gaikwad and the accomplice were arrested within 24 hours of the incident. The stolen valuables were recovered from the two. Gaikwad was identified and traced to her residence in Mankhurd, based on CCTV footage from cameras in the businessman’s house.
She committed the offence a month after she was released on bail, after her arrest in August for similar offences committed in Andheri. “She has committed at least 44 offences since 1990, and has been arrested by police across the city,” said senior inspector Gajanan Kabdule.
In March 2019, arrested Gaikwad was arrested for stealing ornaments worth Rs 5.3 lakh two hours after she started working at a teacher’s flat in in Santacruz on January 7.