Delhi man takes car on rent, sells it, steals it the same night

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 06, 2016 15:47 IST
Mintoo Kumar, 28, a BCA graduate, took a car on rent, sold it on a e-commerce site.‚ÄČAnd then he stole it the same night.

A young businessman in Delhi suffering losses in his business made a near-perfect plan to recover his money.

Mintoo Kumar, 28, a BCA graduate, took a car on rent, sold it on a e-commerce site posing as the car owner and then stole it the same night from its new owner.

Last week, police received information at the Dwarka Sector 23 station about a car theft. On checking the car’s record, the police were perplexed because the details given by the owner belonged to a different Mahindra XUV car of the same colour belonging to a Delhi resident.

Explaining the sequence of events, an officer said,“The owner was not lying. He had bought the car through the site.It was stolen the same night. Initially we thought he was sold a stolen vehicle but later we suspected the seller may have stolen the same car from the new owner. We registered a case and began probe ,” said an officer.

Police sources said that during investigation, an officer received a tip-off about the suspect who was in Dwarka to sell off the vehicle again. Mintoo was nabbed by a team of officers.

Mintoo’s modus operandi surprised even the most experienced of police officers. Mintoo told the police that he had stolen the car around seven hours after selling it. He said he ran a massage parlour cum spa in Faridabad was running into losses.

“He took a car on rent two months ago. To put his plan into action, he started a search for a similar Mahindra XUV car. Once he found a car of the same colour, he noted the details and then prepared a forged RC of the rented car. Unknown to the original owner, he sold the car. Later that night, he used the duplicate key to steal it.”

Mintoo said he had used the GPS facility to trace the car that night. His father is a retired captain of the Indian Army.

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