The four thieves arrested from New Delhi on Monday for the Alwar break-in have told the police they were part of an international gang tasked with stealing mobile phones and transport them to the national capital in ambulances.
The four were produced on Tuesday in a local court that remanded them in police custody for five days.
Rahul, 23, was head of the gang that stole mobile phones from Alwar, police said. They have confessed to have stolen phones of Rs 3 crore so far.
“This was a gang of five. We have arrested four and one is absconding. They stole 240 phones. We have recovered 116 from them,” said Alwar’s superintendent of police Rahul Prakash.
He said the gang members had been living in Delhi for years, but frequently changed their rented accommodations so that court warrants don’t reach them.
The police said Ajay Kumar heads six gangs operating in India. “He recruited members for burglaries and another set of people to (illegally) travel to Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan and Tibet to sell the looted phones,” said Prakash.
Additional superintendent of police Paras Jain who interrogated the quartet said the gang had broken into mobile phone shops in cities such as Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore between 2am and 4am.
Police said they stole only expensive phones, which cost more than Rs 15,000 and were mostly paid RS 8-10,000 each depending upon the booty.
They did recce of shops that they planned to break into and selected their target if they didn’t have CCTV cameras and sensors and if the shop owner didn’t carry expensive phones home when he closed the shop.
A team of Dausa police reached Alwar on Tuesday in connection with a burglary of Rs 15 lakh worth of phones in Bandikui on July 22. The criminals are also wanted in burglaries in Karnal, Jhajjar, Panipat and Gurgaon.