Gang of 4 that stole phones on buses busted
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.