While dining at a restaurant in the five-star JW Marriott Hotel on Senapati Bapat road in Pune, little did Pritam Kinara and her husband realize that they will be left without their transport back home.
The incident occurred on July 29th between 9.30 pm and midnight. The couple handed over their Mercedes Benz ML 350 SUV to the hotel’s valet staff at the entrance and received a token in exchange. After having dinner, the couple went to the parking to claim their vehicle but were surprised to find that their car had been stolen. A case has been registered and Chaturshrungi Police are investing the case further.
Mercedes Benz ML 350 – MH 12 KY 3187 is priced at INR 85 lakhs. It belongs to Pritam Kinara, 37, an architect who resides at Manhattan Society on Baner Road. The hotel staff state that keys to all cars are kept on a shelf at entrance of the hotel. This does not have a door but a black curtain.
CCTV footage reveals an unidentified man of around 25-30 years of age, fair in complexion and 5’10” in height. He was seen hovering around the shelf where car keys are kept while he also picked up a key and entered the P1 parking. He checked cars in this area but went onto P2 level where he found the car in question. He unlocked the door and drove away.
JW Marriott spokesperson Mallika Chatterjee and chief security officer Sunil Bidlam state that there was no security lapse on their part while they are cooperating with police in investigations. In the meanwhile Chaturshrungi police have registered a case U/S 379 of IPC for theft against an unidentified person while cases have also been filed under Section 406 – criminal breach of trust and Section 104 – causing harm other than death against hotel staff.