Over 10 mobile phone snatchers arrested in city
The police arrested over 10 mobile phone thieves, including a juvenile and an engineering graduate in different parts of the city.
Six months ago, two men on a moped robbed Saniv Panikker’s mobile while he was walking on Vijayaraghava Road. He lodged a complaint with the Pondy Bazaar police.
After months of investigation, the police identified Hassan Ali of Moovarampet and his associate Vignesh, as the thieves. As Ali drives the two-wheeler, Vignesh snatches the phones from pedestrians. They used to snatch mobile phone and flee in seconds.
On Friday, the police arrested Ali at his girlfriend’s house in Nochikuppam. They said he had spent all the money pampering her and are still on the look out for Vignesh.
On investigating further, the police came to know that Ali and his associates disposed of the stolen mobiles through Rasheed Ahamed, 23.
Ahamed, a native of Virudhunagar district, used to run mobile phone sales outlets in Burma Bazaar and Annai Sathia Nagar.
Ahamedcurrently operates from a single bed-room flat in Angappa Naicken Street. The police said he procured the phones from robbers for cheaper rates and sold them for a high profit margin after tampering with their IMEI numbers. The police recovered the stolen phones and the two-wheeler used for the robbery.
On Friday, the Kumaran Nagar police arrested three people, in the age group of 19. They were riding a bike and found to be in possession of 15 stolen mobiles. The trio are said to have criminal cases for phone snatching in Nandambakkam and St. Thomas Mount.
The Triplicane police arrested three others including an engineering student who were accused of phone snatching.