Gang that stole from war veteran at ATM busted
New Delhi: Women thieves from Rajgarh, who earlier used to target weddings in Delhi, seem to have changed their modus operandi and started picking out elderly persons at ATMs and markets. Three of them were caught from south Delhi on Thursday. This was the same gang that had stolen Rs 40,000 from a war veteran at an ATM in Hauz Khas last week and was captured in CCTV footage.
DCP (south) Atul Thakur said that a team was formed to track the women on the basis of the CCTV footage. “Surveillance was mounted on their movement and they were arrested from Pushp Vihar, where they had gathered to distribute their loot,” said Thakur.
The arrested women were identified as Seema, Komal and Sangeeta. The stolen money was recovered from them.
During questioning, the women told police that they had come from Madhya Pradesh during the festive season and kept a watch on banks, ATMs and shops during rush hours. They would select their targets from a distance and trail them for sometime to be sure about the money or valuables they were carrying. They would follow the victim and steal their belongings by diverting their attention. Elderly
persons were their preferred targets.
The accused confessed to their involvement in two other cases registered in Hauz Khas and KM Pur. They told officers that two of them would mount the trail on a victim, while a third associate would keep an eye for the cops.
The women were from the same village in Rajgarh that is notorious for crimes. They would travel in groups to the metropolitan cities across the country to steal valuables and then return to their village and distribute the loot with the others.
Some of the wealthy villages could even hire one of them for thefts and take a share of their booty in return. Some of the women in the village also put up their children “on rent” to visit weddings across the country and lift valuables.
The arrested women said that other members of their group have been targeting victims in areas around South Extension and Defence Colony.