The southeast district police have arrested a class 12 dropout of a prominent private school for his alleged involvement in around 50 cases of snatching.
Two receivers of the stolen property — a jeweller and a mobile repairing shop owner — have also been arrested.
The police have recovered 22 mobile phones and jewellery worth Rs. 2 lakh, some credit cards and two two-wheelers from the possession of the arrested accused.
Sandeep Narang, 25, was arrested on Saturday by a team of the Greater Kailash police station led by ACP Harcharan Verma and Station House Officer Sandeep Ghai, after chasing him for several kilometers in Greater Kailash.
His interrogation led to the arrest of the other two accused, identified as Narendra Kumar, a Gandhi Nagar-based jeweller and Manish Kumar, a Delhi University graduate who runs a mobile repairing shop in south Delhi’s Govindpuri.
During interrogation, a senior police officer said, Narang disclosed that he has committed more than 50 snatchings with his associates.
Narang carried out most of his snatchings on Honda Activa scooters, which he used to steal before the crimes. He later abandoned them at isolated places.
“Narang’s interrogation revealed that after snatching he used to call the victims to check if they have noted down the registration number of his two-wheeler. He even promised the victims that he would return all their important items like driving licence, PAN card, etc, which were of no use to him. He, however, never kept his promises,” said the senior officer, adding that Narang took to crime after suffering heavy losses in his father’s transport business.
Further interrogation of Narang revealed that he used to sell the snatched jewellery items to Narendra and mobile phones to Manish at cheap rates.
Manish used to replace IMEI numbers of high-end phones with IMEI numbers of dead/non-repairable phones before selling them to different customers.