THIEF ARRESTED AT PANVEL, 17 MOTORCYCLES RECOVERED
NAVI MUMBAI: The Panvel city police have recovered 17 stolen two-wheelers after they arrested one thief on Tuesday.
Acting on a tip- off, a police team arrested Sachinsingh Madansingh Pardeshi, 35, from Sindhudurg.
He was wanted for several theft and cheating cases registered with different police stations in the past seven years.
“We had been searching for him for the past three days and finally managed to arrest him at a rural area in Sindhudurg. He used to steal vehicles from the areas such as Panvel railway station and bus depots,” said Sunil Bajare, senior police inspector from Panvel city police station.
“During interrogation, he told us about the places where he had hid the stolen vehicles. We recovered them. He was planning to sell them in some remote areas. We are probing to find out if more people were involved,” he added.
According to Navi Mumbai crime branch, as many as 594 vehicles were stolen from the satellite city last year. The police managed to recover only 142 of them, which is a mere 24% of the total vehicles stolen.
The police suspect a gang of seven to 15 people has stolen a car. Almost all the vehicles recovered last year were found either in the remote areas of Maharashtra or in the neighbouring states. At times, the stolen vehicles are also found to be used by the culprits in criminal activities such as chain snatching and robberies.
“Several gangs of car thieves from Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and Bihar are active in the city. They steal cars from the city and sell them in the rural areas of those states by changing the number plates. They mostly target SUVs as condition of the roads is not that good in the rural areas,” said a police officer.