The special staff of West Delhi Police have arrested a notorious burglar, who has been charged with more than 24 incidents of house break-ins. The police said the accused was arrested on Wednesday.
They added that the “receiver” of the stolen property has also been arrested.
The accused and his gang members allegedly used to spend the booty on lavish five-star hotels, a senior police official said.
The accused — Monu Sharma (20) and Abhijit Chatterjee — are both residents of G-Block, Jai Vihar Najafgarh.
During sustained police interrogation, Sharma said that he belongs to a poor family. The accused is a Class VIII passout.
“He did private jobs, but was not satisfied with his income. He came in contact with some people and started committing petty thefts and burglaries,” a police official said.
He then formed a gang with Ajay, Ravi, Suraj and Kalu and started committing crimes to earn more, the official said.
They used iron rods and master keys to break open the locks and doors of abandoned houses.
They generally used to steal cash and jewellery. The gang often used stolen vehicles to commit the crimes, said Sharad Aggarwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West).
The Deputy Commissioner of Police added that the
motorcycle recovered from the accused too was allegedly stolen.
The police said that various stolen items were recovered from their possession. Raids are being conducted to apprehend other members of the gang.