3 held for steal­ing ve­hi­cles, sell­ing them

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: Navi Mum­bai crime branch has busted a gang that spe­cial­ized in heavy ve­hi­cle thefts and then break­ing them down within a cou­ple of hours for sale as scrap. Po­lice have re­cov­ered Rs 7.2 lakh worth of prop­erty from the gang.

The ar­rested mem­bers of the gang have been iden­ti­fied as Mo­hammed Mur­tuza Mo­hammed Khan (26), Paru Avadhram Chauhan (45) and Shadab Alaud­din Khan (19), all hail­ing from Ut­tar Pradesh. The trio were ar­rested re­cently from Asudgaon area. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice com­mis­sioner Prab­hat Ran­jan, “On March 6, a truck of one San­gram Ya­dav was stolen. Dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the crime, this racket came to the fore.”

Giv­ing de­tails of the modus operandi, Ran­jan said, “The trio would first steal con­tainer trail­ers from Uran, APMC and Kalam­boli ar­eas and take it to a re­mote area. Within 2 hours of the theft, us­ing gas cut­ter and other items, they would break up the con­tain­ers and ve­hi­cle com­pletely.”

He added, “They would then sell the metal pieces in scrap. Once a truck or other stolen ve­hi­cle is dis­posed off in this fash­ion, it be­comes very dif­fi­cult to lo­cate it and solve the case.”

Re­veal­ing that a star­tling fact had come to light on the ar­rest of the ac­cused, Ran­jan said, “They have con­fessed that some own­ers of ve­hi­cles, whose ve­hi­cles were in a di­lap­i­dated state would them­selves give the ve­hi­cles to them in re­turn for some money.” He added, “While the gang mem­bers would breakup and dis­pose the ve­hiles, the own­ers would lodge a com­plaint of the ve­hi­cle be­ing stolen and claim com­pen­sa­tion from the in­sur­ance com­pany.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

The ar­rested men at the CP of­fice at CBD-Belapur.

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