The police have busted a gang who stole Chinese mobile phones and sold them in bulk to shopkeepers at cheap rates.
Two mobile phone thieves and eight shopkeepers have been arrested. The thieves had stolen over 850 new Chinese mobile phones, packed in 20 cartons, from a godown in Rangpuri Extension, Vasant Kunj, on June 1.
The stolen phones were sold to some shopkeepers in Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, police said. They recovered 150 stolen Chinese mobile phones, R70,000 in cash and a mini truck.
The arrested mobile thieves have been identified as Mohammad Muktar alias Hunny and Vijay Sahu.
Those arrested for receiving the stolen property are: Himanshu, Tarun Aggarwal, Shahid Ansari, Ansuk Sachdeva, Suresh Kumar, Romy Thapar, Shyam Sundar and Vishal Chawla. All of them run mobile phone shops in Gaffar Market, said police.
Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south), said the arrests were made by a team led by Gagan Bhaskar, SHO, Vasant Kunj South police station, following investigation into a theft complaint lodged by Raman Bakshi, a transporter.
“Bakshi told us that on April 25 he had kept 73 cartons of mobile phones in his godown. On May 1, he found that 20 of the cartons were missing. On his complaint, a case was registered and investigation initiated,” said Sharma.
During investigation, Sharma said, a raid was conducted at the shop of Ansari in Gaffar Market and four stolen phones were recovered.
“Interrogation of Ansari and other involved shopkeeper revealed that they had purchased the phones from a mobile thief.