They took a popular online retail website’s catchline of ‘sell anything quickly’ a tad bit too seriously.
A budding software whiz and a washed-up auto-lifter have been arrested by the crime branch for their brazen attempt at selling stolen two-wheelers online.
Sachin Sharma, a 20-year-old student of animation and film-making from Noida and Amin Khan, 40, an out-of-work farmer and a father of ten children, would steal motorcycles, prepare fake computer-generated documentation and simply upload their pictures for sale on the popular retail website, said Ravindra Yadav, additional commissioner of police (crime).
“Sharma was the first among the two to be arrested based on a specific tip-off,” said additional CP Yadav. “He was nabbed near the gas plant in Jaitpur on a morotcycle stolen from Vasant Kunj.”
According to the police, Sharma’s interrogation revealed that he is a second-year student of animation and filmmaking who had entered the racket to make a little money on the side.
This, the police claimed, was after one of his roommates told him about a cosy racket of selling fake gold bricks and stolen two-wheelers that some villagers near his rented accommodation were operating.
“Sachin, being a student was short of money but he wanted to purchase a cheap bike. His roommate, Mushtaq, introduced him to Amin Khan. He was provided a TVS Apache at a very cheap price,” said additional CP Yadav.
After having gotten the hang of it, Sharma — who is proficient in several popular computer applications such as Photoshop — arranged for dragon sheets from the open market, downloaded insurance software and began preparing fake registration certificates, insurance and even voter IDs.
So, the police claimed, Amin would provide the stolen vehicles at dirt-cheap rates and Sharma, armed with fake documentation, would further sell these to unsuspecting online shoppers.
“One their latest potential victims was a student pursuing coaching for UPSC at an institute in Rajendra Nagar. In all, they’ve stolen around a dozen bikes out of which we have been able to recover around five. More seizures will follow,” Yadav added.