One held for steal­ing from ve­hi­cles af­ter dis­tract­ing mo­torists

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

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

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