MUMBAI: Diamonds worth Rs 10 crore were stolen from a jeweller’s office in the high security Panchratna building in Mumbai on Tuesday night. Police said duplicate keys were used to open the door. They suspect the involvement of an insider.
A week ago, a consignment worth Rs 4.5 crore, containing 74 diamonds and 3.5 kg gold, was stolen from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport, which was later recovered.
The D B Marg police, which has registered a break-in case, said no security guard or watchman was deployed outside Arshit Gems Company on the fifth floor of Pancharatna. “Instead of keeping the diamonds in a safe, they had been kept in the drawer of a table,” DCP (zone II) Ramrao Pawar said.
Police are taking help from the government valuer to ascertain the cost of the diamonds. According to Pawar, one of the three workers, Hitesh Patel (22), who is also the owner’s cousin, lodged the complaint. Patel told the police that the theft took place in a 200-sq ft office where the diamonds, meant for export, were kept. Sources said one of the workers, whose identity has not been disclosed, is missing.
“No one has seen any unidentified person entering the building at night. The police have also questioned the watchmen of the building but are yet to make any headway in the investigation.
“No window or door was broke open and a duplicate key was used. It seems that an insider was involved in the crime,” said a source.
Police said the company deals in export and import of diamonds. “It imports raw diamonds and sends them to Surat for polishing and designing.
“The polished diamonds that come from Surat are kept in the administrative office at Panchratna,” said Pawar.