Employer bails out staffer who stole Rs 2.5 lakh from him
A 33-year-old man has been spared jail time, thanks to the largesse of his employer who paid his bail amount despite him stealing Rs 2.5 lakh from his office
Accused Mustak Fakruddin Shaikh, wearing a burkha to avoid CCTV detection, had robbed his employer Parvez Abdul Kadar Khatri’s south Mumbai office of Rs 2.5 lakh on New Year’s Eve.
He was arrested two days later, after police scanned the CCTV footage and sensed something amiss, as the burkha-clad thief, clutching a purse, walked like a man. Cops began interrogating all staff members, during which Shaikh confessed to the crime. Shaikh was arrested by the Pydhonie police on January 2, but six days later Khatri paid his bail amount to ensure he was kept out of jail.
“On New Year’s, the garment businessman had reported that Rs 2.5 lakh had gone missing from his office. After scanning the CCTV footage, we saw that a woman had entered the office wearing a burkha and was carrying a handbag on her shoulder,” said a police officer from Pydhonie police station.
But, after viewing it several times over, the cops realised that it was a man who was pretending to be a woman. “We then summoned all the male staff members to the police station for interrogation, and during the questioning Shaikh admitted to his crime,” said the police officer.
“Shaikh claimed that he was debt ridden, as he had recently purchased a flat in Wadala and couldn’t pay the maintenance charges. He said he began borrowing money from people to pay the building charges. In order to pay back the loan, the accused robbed Rs 2.5 lakh from his employer’s office,” said the police officer. According to police, on the night of December 31, Shaikh who works as a driver for Khatri dropped him to his residence.
After reaching their house in Mohd Ali Road, Khatri made his way to his flat, while Shaikh followed him with his bag a little later. Shaikh is believed to have robbed the office keys during this period. After dropping the bag, sans the keys, at his employer’s flat, Shaikh made his way to the office located in Topiwala building in Mohd Ali Road and stole the cash.
Three generations of Shaikh’s family have been working for Khatri. His family have been in Khatri’s service for the last 40 years, said the cops. “Khatri said he never imagined that Shaikh would do something like this, and despite his crime he paid the bail amount to ensure he was out of jail,” said the police officer.