EIGHT VE­HI­CLES STOLEN FROM CITY IN THREE DAYS

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: The city of Navi Mum­bai seems to have turned into a safe haven for the ve­hi­cle thieves. As many as eight ve­hi­cles were stolen in the past three days.

In t he f i rst i nci­dent on Wed­nes­day, a two-wheeler was stolen near San­pada rail­way sta­tion. The owner of the ve­hi­cle in­formed the po­lice within a few hours of the in­ci­dent, but the po­lice have no clue about the thieves so far.

The Kharghar po­lice reg­is­tered a sim­i­lar case af­ter some uniden­ti­fied peo­ple stole a trailer worth Rs 7 lakh which was parked on road on the same day. Three other ve­hi­cle thefts cases were re­ported to Taloja, Kalam­boli and Ra­bale po­lice on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day.

Kharghar po­lice reg­is­tered two cases and NRI po­lice reg­is­tered one case till Fri­day evening. None of the cases have been solved till now.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources, 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 stolen ve­hi­cles.

The po­lice sus­pect the cul­prits take the stolen ve­hi­cles out of Mum­bai and sell there. How­ever, they do not have any con­vinc­ing replies when asked the rea­sons be­hind the low de­tec­tion of such cases.

“Sev­eral hous­ing so­ci­eties in the city do not have park­ing lot within their com­pound. There­fore, the res­i­dents have no op­tion but to park their cars on the roads. Thus the thieves find it easy to steal their cars. We are do­ing our best to de­tect such crimes,” a crime branch of­fi­cial said.

Dilip Sawant, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (crime) was un­avail­able for com­ment.

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