One held for stealing from vehicles after distracting motorists
NAVI MUMBAI: A man f rom Andhra Pradesh was arrested for diverting motorists’ attention and stealing valuables from them. The police have been flooded with complaints where the modus operandi was the same.
The accused used to tell motorists that oil was leaking from their vehicle. They would then steal valuables such as laptop and cash from the vehicles.
The APMC police formed a special squad under the guidance of assistant commissioner of police Arun Walture and senior police inspector Maya More. The team kept a watch on several spots where such crimes had taken place.
According to deputy commissioner of police zone I Shahji Umap, “Even as the trap was laid, there was a similar instance at Sector 19 of APMC on February 17. Two people told a motorist that oil was leaking from his car. When he got down to check, they fled with his laptop bag.”
He added, “As the victim raised an alarm, some passersby screamed that the miscreants had stolen the bag. Our special squad along with complainant Kiran Pawar and other eye wit- nesses, chased the duo who were fleeing on a two-wheeler.”
Umap said: “While one of the culprits Santosh Ramallu Devarkonda, 35, hailing from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, was arrested, the others managed to escape.”
Umap said: “When we frisked the accused at the police station, we found oil sachets, a bottle containing oil, some tools, including screwdriver and grabber, and two vests. We also seized the two-wheeler. The recovered property is worth Rs1.11 lakh.”
“We are also looking out for the accomplices of the arrested accused. We are confident of getting him soon,” Umap added.
When we frisked the accused at the police station, we found oil sachets, a bottle containing oil, some tools and two vests. We also seized the two-wheeler. The recovered property is worth Rs1.11 lakh. SHAHJI UMAP, deputy commissioner of police, zone I