At 3 am on Tuesday, two police vans were in hot pursuit of four young, motorcycle-borne chain-snatchers.
After a one-and-a-half-hour chase through the bylanes of Mahim, Matunga, Bandra and Santacruz, they were finally nabbed in Vile Parle, Vijay Parmar (19), Mahesh Waghela (18), Vivek Pote (18) and Rajesh Jairam Gohil (22) have been arrested.
The four were trying to snatch a woman’s chain when the Shivaji Park police saw them. The woman was walking to Siddhivinayak Temple.
“The four robbers on two motorcycles tried to snatch her chain. The woman also gave a description of the accused and the police sent wireless messages to control rooms across the city,” said Assistant Police Commissioner Balkrishna Bhange.
The policemen immediately gave chase.
Meanwhile, the Mahim traffic police got a call from the control room, saying the chain-snatchers were headed in their direction.
“The policemen blocked the road at Mahim, but the bikers tried would not stop,” said Police Inspector Appasaheb Chavan.
Constable Ghulab Pathan signalled the bikers to halt.
Instead of braking, the culprits accelerated, brushed past Pathan and fled. Pathan sustained minor injuries.
The police chased them and finally nabbed the four in Vile Parle.
The two motorcycles have been seized and the four young men booked for rash and negligent driving and causing hurt and endangering the life of a public servant on duty.
They have been remanded in judicial custody till Monday.
“Investigations are on to find out the number of chain-snatchings they have committed,” Chavan said.