He identified the three as Ramesh Shettiar (37), Sanju Shetty (32) and Venkatesh Mahadev Shettiar (42) and said that they had come out of jail two months ago in connection with another case.
Two others, identified as Khanayalal Sudhar (24) and Jagdish Farat (33), were arrested as they were allegedly involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts, police said.
Police said that the two were history-sheeters and were involved in several cases of house-breaking thefts in Ankleshwar, Manjalpur, Olpad, Navsari, Vasanda, Sairgaon, Viklimora, Pandesra and Udana areas in neighbouring Gujarat.
Items worth Rs 22 lakh were seized from the five arrested persons, an official informed.
He said the arrests took place over the past two days and further investigations were underway.
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