MUMBAI: A TikTok star with over 9 lakh followers was arrested on January 2 for stealing cash and gold amounting to Rs 4.9 lakh from a model-actor’s flat in Andheri (West) on December 19. He became a suspect after the Oshiwara police studied the building’s CCTV footage and noticed that the black leather shoes worn by the burqa-clad thief as well the latter’s body movements matched Gupta’s. Gupta is a habitual offender and has been arrested many times since 2011, said the police.
The accused, Abhimanyu Gupta (28), convinced the victim, Khusbhoo Agarwal, to allow him to stay at her flat till he rented his own and was living there for 12 days. Gupta befriended Agarwal on Instagram a few years ago.
“I allowed Gupta to stay in my house. I was out of India from December 18 to 22 on work assignments when the theft occurred. I noticed the theft only on January 1. Gupta told me not to lodge a complaint claiming that the cops will harass my friends,” said Agarwal in her police complaint.
Police recovered the stolen goods that were hidden under his bike seat. Gupta, who regularly uploads videos on popular video-sharing apps on the social media, confessed to the crime. He said he needed the money and had planned to burgle his friend’s flat, who is mostly away on work.
“Gupta was last arrested by the Juhu police in May 2018 for house break-in and robbery of gold ornaments and a mobile collectively worth Rs 4.8 lakh from an elderly couple’s house in January 2018. He was held at various police stations in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai since 2011 for similar offences,” said senior inspector Dayanand Bangar of Oshiwara police station, who led the investigation team.