Pushed to a corner, thief couriers back phone
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.