It is perfectly natural for children aged 13-14 to dream of branded clothes, latest gadgets, alcohol and the like, but for the duo nabbed by the SAS Nagar on Sunday for involvement in about 15 thefts, the path to these went through crime.
The children, aged 13 and 14, are school dropouts and have long abandoned their SAS Nagar-based families and have been living in rented accommodation in Nayagaon.
They have told the police that they took to theft to satisfy their craving for branded clothes, alcohol and non-vegetarian food.
Upon their arrest, the police recovered rs11,000, 10 mobile phones and a stolen Honda Activa from their possession. The 14-year-old has already spent around 50 days at a juvenile home and had been friends with the younger one for around a year. Over time, they came into contact with notorious characters from the Nayagaon area, and went further into crime.
The police claim that the younger one especially used to steal clothes. They used to perform a recce of the area and entered the house through windows.
The 13-year-old is trained in breaking open locks and told the police: “I have lost the count of number of locks that I have broken,” he reportedly has said. Cash and electronic items were their favourite and they raided the fridge and kitchen before leaving. The older one looked for alcohol bottles. In recent times, they had been friendly with two criminals from Nayagaon, Sunny and Shabir, aged 18 and 19, respectively, who had been arrested by the SAS Nagar police and sent to judicial custody. The police zeroed in on them on their routine surveillance over Sunny and Shabir.
Nayagaon SHO Raghubir Singh told HT, “Sunny and Shabir were involved in various thefts. They formed a group and used to party in the evening. It was their way of dressing and food habits that made us suspicious and we finally arrested them. On interrogation, they confessed to involvement in several crimes.”