Several thefts have been registered at the Mahebourg market recently. The Central Investigation Division (CID) of the locality arrested three suspects on Monday November 14: a woman and her two minors son.
Amrita D., a 48-year-old resident of Floréal and her two sons, aged 15 and 16, were caught red-handed on Monday (November 14th) by the CID while they were hogging money of a merchant at the Mahébourg market. The two teenagers have confessed their participation in the thefts for a month. For her part, the mother denies the allegations.
On Monday, two Mahebourg CID constables and a police superintendent posed as clients to monitor the market. At one point, they found that a woman was watching people and her two children were pocketing a merchant. The police officers immediately arrested them.
A sum of Rs 3,500 was found in the bag of Amrita. She says she does not know where the money comes from. One of the teenagers had hidden Rs 500 in his shoes, while the other had hidden Rs 1,800 in the pocket of his jacket.
One of the teenagers ended his education at the age of eight. “Kan ena lafwar Mahébourg, mo mama amenn mwa ek mo frer laba pou kokin”, he says. About five months ago, he was arrested by the police after taking part in the assault of a taxi driver in Plaine-Magnien with four accomplices to steal his money.
The other brother also gave up his studies while he was in Form III. “Our mother asked us to steal because we did not have any money. And this is also the reason why we stopped our studies,” he explained to the investigators.
After their interrogation, the mother and her two sons were detained. They are charged with a provisional charge of “larceny more than two in numbers” before the Mahébourg court. The police having objected to their conditional release and they were all returned to the police cell.
The investigation, conducted by constables Bundhooa and Bangard, is under the supervision of Assistant Superintendent Callychurn.