Two of gang engaged in theft from parked vehicles arrested

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 09, 2015 12:26 IST

The Delhi police arrested two members of a gang of thieves allegedly engaged in lifting valuables from vehicles in various parking lots.

During interrogation, it emerged the gang members, who were from Tamil Nadu, were also active in Chandigarh and had stolen handbags and other items from vehicles parked in Sector 17.

The duo was also questioned by a Chandigarh police squad that had been dispatched to Delhi.

According to sources, the thieves specifically targeted swanky cars driven by women by offering to help them park their vehicles, speaking in English to make them comfortable.

Another confidence trick they used was to drop some currency notes in front of a car to distract the driver while an accomplice snitched anything valuable left in the vehicle.

The sources added last week the police got to work after they were deluged by complaints of thefts from parked vehicles that were not broken into in most cases.

Sector 17 police SHO Udaypal Singh said they had sought production warrants for the two suspects apprehended in Delhi and both would be brought to Chandigarh within a few days. “Right now their identities can’t be disclosed as we suspect a local gang might be involved in the thefts, with at least five occurring in Sector 17 parking lots,” he added.

Modus operandi

Offering to assist car drivers, especially women, park their vehicles.
Diverting drivers' attention by dropping currency notes in front of vehicle.
Speaking in English to impress driver, causing them to let their guard down.

Recent cases

A Sector 21 resident, Gurpal, filed a complaint with the police, stating a bag containing a laptop and Rs 50,000 in cash were stolen from his Honda CRV SUV (registration no: CH04 F0240) parked near SCO Number 139 in Sector 17C.

In another case, a Sector 17 resident, Amit Oberoi, complained his mother’s purse containing a cellphone was removed from their Toyota Innova MUV(registration no: HR02 Z1888) parked near the English Book Depot in Sector 17.

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