Over 10 mo­bile phone snatch­ers ar­rested in city

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

An­other ac­com­plice

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.

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