Builder’s wife burgles own home, uses loot to repay debt

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The police probing a Rs 4 lakh burglary at a builder’s flat in Kopar Khairane, found the builder’s wife to be the culprit. The 49-year-old’s wife used the Rs 3 lakh and gold worth Rs 1.1 lakh to repay a debt, which the husband was unaware of, said senior inspector Suryakant Jagdale.
The builder told the police that he did not wish to pursue the case, once he found about his wife’s involvement. No arrest has been made yet.

The builder had registered a house break-in and theft FIR on June 17. On June 15 around 11am, he had taken his unwell wife to a hospital in Ghansoli. At 8pm, he dropped her to her maternal uncle’s house close to the hospital, as she had to go back to the hospital.

On June 17, he picked her from her uncle’s house and took her to the hospital at 2.30pm. He went to work after that. At 7.30pm, he picked her up from her uncle’s house again, and the two went home. His wife opened the door, and they found the house ransacked. Gold jewellery had been stolen, and a window’s tin shade was bent.

The builder told the Kopar Khairane spolice that gold jewellery worth Rs 1.1 lakh had been stolen. The police checked CCTV footage, spoke to neighbours and locals, but found no leads. They zeroed in on the wife as her statement was evasive, and based on technical leads. On questioning, she confessed to coming to the house when her husband was away, stealing the gold and mortgaging it to repay her debt. She also used Rs 3 lakh her husband had given her for safe-keeping, towards the debt.