The police arrested two youths and claimed to have solved nine cases of robbery, snatching and vehicle lifting on Tuesday night. The police said five motorcycles, an Activa scooter, chain, camera and mobile phone have been recovered from their possession.
The accused have been identified as Prince (20), a resident of SAS Nagar, and Lovely (24), a resident of Kharar. They were arrested during a naka set up near Sector 40 and 41. According to information, the recovered camera was snatched from Sector 21 and the S6 mobile phone was snatched from Sector 34.
"During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had been targeting the victims in the tricity. They used to commit the crime to lead a lavish life. They confessed that they were involved in nine robbery, snatching and vehicle lifting cases in the city," said the police. "The accused have criminal backgrounds and were arrested earlier in Punjab and other places. We were trying to get more details regarding them," the cops added.
Telling about the modus operandi, the police said they used to first lift a bike and remove its registration number plate. Following which, they started snatching chains or mobile phone. The police said they were arrested under Section 379 (punishment for theft) and 356 (assault or criminal force in attempt to commit theft of property carried by a person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sector 39 police station.