It was a "family business" that helped them lead a lavish life within a year. Three brothers, who used to fix tyre punctures on roadside in a village in Meerut till last year, now own a house in Delhi, three palatial buildings in their native village, a Hyundai Accent car (which they use for their core business — car stereo theft) and a 500CC Royal Enfield.
Their modus operandi: They break the rear glass of car after spreading a cloth piece so that it won't make any noise. They even use gas cutters.
The police had zeroed in on the family recently while tracking an incident in DLF City (Phase I) on October 28. The same gang had stolen 23 stereos and music systems.
"After being spotted by the security guards, they tried to flee. In the exercise, their car hit a pole and its number plate fell off. The car was registered on a bogus address. However, they were identified as Ishtiyak Khan, his brothers Ishfaak and Ishran and father Babu Lal," said Harender Kumar, the SHO of police station DLF City-I.
One of the brothers has 33 cases of theft under his belt, another 32 and the third 20. Their father, who is at present in a Delhi jail, has three cases pending against him.
The sons are at large.
"The first case of stereo theft was registered against Ishtiyak in April 2009; before this they all would fix tyre punctures. They became rich in the last one year," the SHO said.