Traditionally when a car gets stolen, we communicate its unique identification numbers to the state/national crime records bureau and across the police network.
There is some hope that the stolen car would be intercepted by the police during road checks and you might get your car back.
But now you would probably run out of luck if your vehicle gets stolen in Noida or Greater Noida. A new breed of inter-state gangs of car thieves active here are armed with an ingenious modus operandi, the police said.
The gang changes the ownership of a stolen vehicle by switching its engine and chassis numbers (unique identification numbers) with a vehicle sold as damaged or old to a scrap dealer.
Noida Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Rajeev Narayan Mishra said the gang switches the identification numbers by cutting a vehicle’s part and then welding it on to a stolen vehicle.
This, said Mishra, has made the police’s task of tracking and verifying stolen cars an arduous task, which is sometimes “even impossible”.
Mishra, whose teams recently busted two such gangs and nabbed six of its alleged members, told HT, “We have identified many other such inter-state gangs of vehicle thieves who use this modus operandi.”
The police team had recovered several stolen vehicles, including trucks with changed engine and chassis numbers, said Station House Officer Anil Samaniya of the Sector 39 police station.
The interrogations of the six arrested thieves revealed the intricate planning behind their working and a trilateral nexus with scrap dealers and alleged touts working illegally at regional transport authorities.
Sector 39 police had early this month neutralised the activities of two such gangs whose operations were spread across UP, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, etc.