4 held for ve­hi­cle theft; three cars, 9 cell phones seized

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: Four peo­ple, of an al­leged car theft gang, were ar­rested by the APMC po­lice who have re­cov­ered three ve­hi­cles from them. The gang has con­fessed to sev­eral thefts in the city.

Ac­cord­ing to deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Shahji Umap, on the night of Oc­to­ber 30, po­lice con­sta­bles pa­trolling the Sec­tor 19C area of Vashi spot­ted four peo­ple stand­ing near a spe­cial util­ity ve­hi­cle (SUV) and a sedan out­side a garage.

“When the con­sta­bles con­fronted the four, they started to flee. The con­sta­bles man­aged to nab two of the men, Abid alias Sal­man Mukhtar Khan and Om­prakash Upadhyay,” said Umap.

Dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the duo claimed that they had given the SUV for re­pair at the garage but the garage owner de­nied the claims.

“Fol­low­ing sus­tained in­ter­ro­ga­tion, the two con­fessed that they, along with their ac­com­plices, were plan­ning to steal the SUV and had stolen the sedan from Mum­bai,” said Umap.

The po­lice caught the other two, Bhi­wandi res­i­dents Javed alias Bablu Khan and Altaf Ali, on Tues­day based on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by Sal­man and Upadhyay.

“We have re­cov­ered three four-wheel­ers, nine mobile phones, 67 du­pli­cate keys and tools used in the thefts,” said Umap.

“The ac­cused have con­fessed to steal­ing ve­hi­cles in Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Mum­bai, Pune and other ci­ties. We are yet to ar­rest the leader of the gang,” said Maya More, se­nior in­spec­tor, APMC po­lice sta­tion.

She in­formed, “The of­fi­cers and per­son­nel who worked on the case have been awarded Rs 10,000 by Umap.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Po­lice of­fi­cers dis­play the 67 du­pli­cate car keys and mobile phones re­cov­ered from the ar­rested on Wed­nes­day.

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