TWO HELD FOR STEALING CARS, ACCOMPLICES ON THE RUN
KALYAN: The Titwala police have arrested two people for allegedly cheating owners of tours and travel business by stealing their vehicles and preparing fake papers to sell these vehicles.
The other two accused, a man and a woman, who are the mastermind of the racket, are on the run, said the police.
According to the police, the two arrested accused have been identified as Titwala residents Rajendra Desale and Arjun Bhoir, both 28.
An officer from Titwala police station said, “During investigation, Desale and Bhoir named Jitu Madrasi, who is the mastermind behind the crimes. He would give them Rs10,000 for each theft. They also said that a woman, whose identity is still unknown, is also an accomplice.”
“Desale and Bhoir said they would procure the contact numbers of tour and travel operators from search service providers and book cars to travel on long routes. Once at an isolated destination, they would trick the driver into getting off the vehicle and drive away in it,” added the officer.
The police recovered four cars during investigation and a gold mangalsutra all worth Rs21 lakh from the duo. “Both the accused are history sheeters. They have admitted to have been involved in several chain- snatching cases,” said the officer. The accused had robbery and theft cases registered against them at police stations in Virar, Vartak Nagar, Valiv and Ganeshpuri.
Senior police inspector Venkat Andhale of Titwala police station said, “We have seized two Innova cars, a Chevrolet car and a Honda Accent car. The accused sold three cars and kept one. They were also involved in making fake papers of cars and then selling it.”
Desale and Bhoir have been booked under Section 392 (punishment for robbery) of the Indian Penal Code. They were produced in court which has remanded them in police custody until April 16, said the police.