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Two Maintenance Workers Arrested For Theft Of Rs 274,000 From Whisky

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A joint investigation by the Divisional Crime Intelligence Unit (DCIU) and the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Curepipe led to the arrest on Thursday November 16 of two maintenance workers from the Sik Yuen supermarket in Curepipe in connection with a theft. The two suspects, Jean Billy Axel Narsou, 24, and Danasilen Vythilinga-Pathar, 19, confessed to stealing bottles of whisky from their employer. They led the police to the roof of the supermarket, where they had hidden two raffia bags, each containing six bottles of whisky.

The 34-year-old owner of the supermarket, who lives in the town of Curepipe, went to the local police station on the evening of Wednesday November 15 to report the theft. It was during an inventory check that he noticed that since October 15 of this year, two hundred and forty liters of whisky, including one hundred and twenty of the Finlaters brand and one hundred and twenty of the White & Grays brand, had been stolen from the warehouse of his supermarket located on rue Pope Hennessy, Curepipe.

The Curepipe CID, under the supervision of Assistant Superintendent of Police Sailesh Kumar Omrawo, together with the DCIU team, arrested two cleaners working for the supermarket on Thursday November 16. The two men, who were subjected to intensive questioning, were quick to confess their involvement in the theft from their employer.

The two suspects, who live respectively in Cité Souchon, Engrais Martial, Eau-Coulée and Camp Caval, Curepipe, then led investigators to the supermarket’s roof. They returned to the police two raffia bags they had hidden on the roof. Each bag contained six bottles of whisky. They confided to the investigators that they had committed this theft on several occasions. However, they denied having stolen so many bottles of whisky. They explained that during the theft, several bottles broke.

Jean Billy Axel Narsou was placed in a cell at the Vacoas detention center. Danasilen Vythilinga-Pathar spent the night in a cell at the Curepipe police station. On Friday morning November 17, they were brought before the Curepipe court on a provisional charge of theft. They were subsequently returned to the police cell. The Curepipe CID does not rule out the possibility that these two young people, who are known to the police, may have been involved in an inside job.

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