Inter-state gang of robbers busted in Vashi
Six members of the gang, which has been operating in the city for the past few months, are still at large
NAVI MUMBAI: With the arrest of five people, the Vashi police have busted a gang of interstate robbers who had been operating in the city for the past few months.
According to the police, the gang from Andhra Pradesh would target people near banks and then would loot cash and other valuables. Six other gang members are still at large.
In the latest incident, this gang looted a man of Rs4 lakh in Sector 14 on Wednesday. The CCTV cameras installed in the area captured the faces of a few culprits and that helped the police zero in on the other gang members.
“We had got a tip that the gang was coming to our area to commit another crime on Thursday and laid a trap. As expected, they walked into our trap and we arrested five of them. We have seized three bikes from their possession,” said a police inspector from Vashi police station.
The suspects belong to the 20 to 30 age group. The police however, did not reveal their names as many of their accomplices are yet to be arrested.
“The suspects stayed in a few rented houses in Diva in Thane and would loot people across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. Their modus operandi is to wait near the banks and keep an eye on the people who withdraw a huge amount of money. They then follow such people and target them at isolated spot,” the officer said.
The police have booked the suspects under section 395 (punishment for dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). They were produced before the judicial court on Friday afternoon and have been remanded to police custody.
“The arrest of the entire gang will help us solve several cases,” a senior police officer added.