Gang that stole from war vet­eran at ATM busted

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

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.

Seema, Sangeeta

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