Pushed to a cor­ner, thief couri­ers back phone

Mail Today - - NEWS - By Sneha Agrawal in New Delhi

YOU HAVE to be ex­tremely lucky to have a thief courier back your stolen phone. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened with Ajay Ku­mar (name changed), a Delhi-based busi­ness­man whose mo­bile phone was lifted from the in­house cafe­te­ria of Medic­ity Medanta Hos­pi­tal, Gur­gaon.

Ku­mar found his phone miss­ing last week while he was in the hos­pi­tal for his fa­ther’s surgery. “I went to the cafe­te­ria to eat af­ter the surgery. My brother met me there and we de­cided to move to a big­ger ta­ble as I was car­ry­ing a num­ber of files with me. While shift­ing to the other ta­ble, I for­got to pick up my phone,” Ku­mar re­called.

“When I went back to the ta­ble a few min­utes later, it was no longer there. I then called on my num­ber from my brother’s phone and found it switched off. I knew that very in­stant I had lost my new phone.”

The CCTV footage shows the al­leged phone thief seated next to Ku­mar. The man can be seen at­tempt­ing to call out to Ku­mar, but is then seen tak­ing the phone, turn­ing it off and slip­ping it in­side a bag.

It took nearly six hours for the hos­pi­tal’s se­cu­rity wing to trace the thief through CCTVs. The man had left the city and was traced in Varanasi. The se­cu­rity team con­fronted him over a call and asked him to re­turn the mo­bile to its right­ful owner.

Speak­ing to MAIL TO­DAY, Biresh­war Tyagi, as­so­ciate vice pres­i­dent (se­cu­rity), Medic­ity Medanta, said, “Af­ter the man left the cafe­te­ria, it took us close to six hours to trace him. He was vis­it­ing a pa­tient at the hos­pi­tal. We have cracked sev­eral such cases and traced peo­ple’s be­long­ings.”

Tyagi said that when they trace the be­long­ings the usual re­ply they get from the per­son is that they were dis­tressed and did not re­alise they had taken some­one else’s stuff. “When we found him to have reached Varanasi, we told him we know the phone was with him and asked him to re­turn it ei­ther in per­son or through courier,” he said.

Ku­mar re­ceived his phone in a week’s time. “When I got the phone through courier, all the data had been deleted, in­clud­ing my se­cu­rity set­tings which in­cluded my fin­ger­print lock set­ting. In the na­tional Cap­i­tal, where los­ing phones and gad­gets is not taken se­ri­ously, I was lucky enough to get my phone back that too sent by the lifter him­self,” he said.

It took six hours for the hos­pi­tal’s se­cu­rity wing to trace the thief. The man had left the city and was tracked to Varanasi

CCTV footage shows a man lift­ing the phone, turn­ing it off and slip­ping it in­side a bag.

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