Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­

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.

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