Gang of 4 that stole phones on buses busted

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: This gang of four boarded DTC buses every morn­ing and stole phones through the day. One of the gang mem­bers fol­lowed the bus in his auto. The thieves tar­geted pas­sen­gers and de-boarded from run­ning bus only to hand over the phones to the auto driver. They then boarded an­other bus to steal more phones. They kept pis­tols and knives to scare peo­ple in case any of them got caught.

The po­lice have seized 108 mo­bile phones which they had stolen from com­muters over the last two months. While own­ers of 39 phones have been found, IMEI analysis is be­ing done for 69 oth­ers.

“The ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied as Vinod (32), Jeetu (23), Roshan (26) and Ra­jesh (33). Two loaded coun­try made pis­tols, knives and sur­gi­cal blades have been seized from them. We had re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints of mo­bile thefts in buses af­ter which we formed a team to curb the crime,” Chin­moy Biswal, Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, South-East said.

Usu­ally the ac­cused op­er­ated on Ashram, Badarpur, Govind Puri, Ka­landi Kunj and the Mehrauli Badarpur roads. Three of them would board buses in the morn­ing to steal mo­bile phones and Ra­jesh would fol­low the bus in his au­torick­shaw.

On Wed­nes­day, po­lice got a tip-off that the gang mem­bers were go­ing to strike on the road from Pul Prahlad­pur to Badarpur. Around 8pm, they saw an auto com­ing to­wards them. The po­lice of­fi­cials de­ployed at the picket sig­nalled it to stop. How­ever, the ac­cused tried to flee, and hit the bar­ri­cade, in­jur­ing a con­sta­ble Vipin. They were over­pow­ered and ar­rested. As many as 12 mo­bile phones were re­cov­ered.

The acused told the po­lice that they would steal mo­bile phones from run­ning buses and later de-board and sit in an au­torick­shaw soon af­ter which they would board an­other bus to carry on mo­bile thefts.

Vinod has been in­volved in 34 cases of rob­bery, snatch­ing and theft. The other ac­cused also have cases of rob­bery and snatch­ing reg­is­tered against them.

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