Live life king size — seemed to be the mantra of this bunch of robbers. A luxury car fitted with a police beacon, a plush office, tons of gold jewellery and lot of cash to splurge. They had it all — until the police zeroed in on them.
The outer Delhi Police arrested Vishal Sharma and Varun Kumar, both 25-years-old and relatives, from Mangolpuri on Sunday. The two moved around the Capital in luxury cars and committed atleast 21 robberies and snatchings.
According to the police, they committed snatchings and robberies on stolen motorcycles with fake registration number plates and then used their luxury, ‘VIP’ cars to get out of the city undetected. The police recovered R22 lakh in cash, two luxury cars, two gold chains of 120 grams each, seven other chains and a stolen motorcycle from them.
Why luxury car with beacon lights? The duo travelled in fancy cars duly fitted with sirens and beacons to avoid checking by the police at Singhu Border and by other picket staff in Delhi. They would park their car near the Ramesh Nagar metro station and pick up their motorcycle already parked there. Then, they would identify a soft target, chase and snatch money.
“Their cars got them three different advantages. One, they were not stopped for toll payment at the Singhu border; two, they were not stopped by the police and three, people on the road would give way to them,” said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (outer).
Plush office and Mata ki Chowki
The two accused wanted to make a lot of money and in a lot of hurry. That’s why they got luxury cars, for which they even paid installments on time. The police said the accused visited a jeweller in Patel Nagar to get the gold snatched by them recycled and reportedly got chains as heavy as 120 grams made.
“They booked luxury cars in their own name from the money they robbed and built houses in Sonepat. They had a lavish lifestyle and wore branded clothes,” added Sharma. The accused organised Mata Ki Chowkis and Sai Sandhya programmes and donated huge sums of money for religious activities to gain popularity. They pretended to be wealthy.