UT police over the past week have arrested five school students including four minors in connection with different snatching cases across the city.
Police said that the juveniles indulged in the crime as they wanted to have hi-end mobile phones for playing video games and clicking pictures and were not interested in selling them for money. They also used to splurge the money on food at different malls in the city.
The crime branch had on Wednesday arrested three school students for allegedly snatching a purse from a woman constable at Manimajra on March 7.
However, the accused broke the mobile when they learnt that they had snatched it from a constable.
Police said that two of them were studying in class 12 of whom one was the son of a UT police constable.
The accused revealed that they had four mobile phones snatched on a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle. Out of the four one phone they had gifted to his one of their friends who had clicked pictures in that phone.
In another case, the police arrested a class 11 student of Government Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, and his minor aide, a student of DAV School, Sector 15 and recovered seven mobile phones, a Honda Activa (CH-01-AH-4203) and three women handbags, besides PAN cards and other documents of various victims from their possession. The two, who are residents of PGIMER campus, were arrested on March 17. Their parents work at the medical institute.
The police said that during interrogation, they told the police that they had decided to buy a hi-end phone after selling all snatched mobiles.
The inspector of Sector 11 police station, Narinder Patial, said that they used to target pedestrian ladies and the money which they used to get from a woman’s purse would be splurged on food.
All the arrested have been sent to the Chandigarh juvenile home.