A 37-year-old auto-lifter has been arrested by Delhi Police for allegedly stealing motorcycles in Delhi. A senior police officer said that Imran Khan stole motorcycles to raise funds for his children’s education and support his lavish lifestyle without taking up a regular job.
A resident of Sangam Vihar in south Delhi, he was caught riding a stolen motorcycle in his locality on Friday evening after the police received a tipoff. Eight more stolen motorcycles were recovered after his interrogation. With his arrest, the police claimed to have solved 33 motorcycle theft cases reported at different police stations in Delhi.
“Our teams were looking for Imran for the last two months, as he had been frequently striking. He has admitted that he stole over 50 motorcycles in the last two months. We are in the process of recovering the other stolen bikes,” said Romil Baaniya, deputy commissioner of police (southeast district).
Police said Imran has five children. Three of them study in boarding schools in Delhi NCR. Another child studies in Kendriya Vidyalaya in Delhi. His fifth child doesn’t go to school yet. His wife is a homemaker. “Since Imran was unemployed and had no permanent source of income, he took to crime and started stealing motorcycles and supplying them or their spare parts to his receivers,” said an investigator while adding he was earlier arrested in 2015 for a similar crime.
Apart from paying school fee of his children, Imran was also fond of leading a lavish lifestyle. Imran’s interrogation, the officer said, has revealed that he has multiple female friends on whom he spent a lot of his ill-gotten money.
“He used to impress them with expensive gifts such as mobile phones, and branded clothes. Imran himself loved living lavishly. He wore branded clothes, sunglasses, and expensive wristwatches. We recovered three Ray Ban sunglasses and an expensive wristwatch from him,” said the officer.
The police also said that Imran had a unique modus operandi. He mostly stole a motorcycle as per the demands of his receivers. After stealing a motorcycle, Imran replaced its registration number plate with his own motorcycle’s number plate.
“He changed number plates to avoid getting caught during checking at police pickets. Imran used to park stolen motorcycles in authorised parking lots and mostly outside hospitals and important buildings to avoid detection,” the officer said.
According to the police, Imran later dismantled the stolen motorcycles in most cases and sold their spare parts to different receivers. “We are conducting raids to recover more stolen motorcycles,” the officer added.