Powai-based businessman Pradeep Sharma, 48, had a rather action-packed day on Monday — he lost his Mitsubishi Pajero parked near his residence, discovered that it was being driven to a location outside the city through a tracking device and ultimately got it back with the help of a relative.
The Hindustan Times had reported on August 29, 2010 about an increasing number of vehicle owners seeking police help to locate their stolen vehicles through tracking devices.
Sharma told HT, “I returned from work around 9.15pm and parked my Pajero near my residence in Powai. I went for a walk before heading home. When I came back, I found that my car was missing.”
Sharma called up the call centre that handles customer services for Hindustan Trackers, the company that had installed the tracking device in his car around 10 days back.
“They told me that my car was passing the Kanjurmarg Bridge at a speed of more than 100 kmph.”
Sharma approached the Powai police station and called up his nephew in Mankhurd for help.
“I told my nephew that my Pajero was near Mankhurd and gave him the exact location. He saw my Pajero zoom past his car and told his driver to follow the car,” he said. When Sharma’s nephew reached the Vashi toll naka, he informed the policemen posted there about the car that was headed in their direction. Before the policemen could take action, the vehicle drove past the toll naka.
Sharma, who was heading to the spot with the Powai police, was informed that the tracking device showed that his vehicle had been stopped a few metres ahead of the toll naka.
K Kapse, assistant police inspector from Powai police station, said, “We were chasing the Pajero, referring to the location reflected by the tracking device. The car was found abandoned in sector 17, Vashi. We are looking for the unidentified accused.”