A team from DB Marg police station arrested a mechanic who would steal high end bikes and sell them on OLX after changing their chassis and registration numbers. The accused has been identified as Mira Road resident Khijar Hayat Nazir Sayyad, 42. Cops said Sayyad was first arrested in January for similar offences. However, after securing bail in April, he went back to selling stolen bikes.
An officer from DB Marg police station said, “Being a mechanic, the accused knows how to start locked bikes and would take just five minutes to do so after selecting one. He would later change the chassis and registrations numbers and then sell it at a cheaper price. He would modified the stolen vehicles and sold them mostly to youngsters, as they were easy targets.”
An officer added that Sayyad was nabbed red-handed while stealing a motorcycle last weekend. Following his arrest, cops recovered four bikes. Similarly, 18 motorcycles were recovered from Sayyad following his apprehension in January.
During the course of investigation, cops learnt that Sayyad sold the stolen bikes on OLX as he believed no informant would be able track and tip-off the police about his activities. He has been booked under section 379 (theft) of the Indian penal Code and is currently in police custody.
#March 2016: Four BARC employees were robbed of cash and other valuables by their roommate Kavesh Agarwal. Probe revealed that Agarwal would look for victims searching for roommates on OLX.com. After shortlisting his target, he would share the apartment for a few days before fleeing with cash and other valuables.
#July 2015: Sion police arrested a gang of four for stealing mobile phones in BEST busses and selling them on OLX.com. Posing as customers, cops called the thieves to Parel and nabbed two of the accused. During interrogation, the duo revealed the identity of their other gang members following which the other two were also nabbed.
#April 2015: Kurla GRP arrested a gang of four robbers who stole a laptop bag from a Badlapur-bound train and tried to sell its contents on OLX. The cops laid a trap by posing as customers and nabbed the accused after calling them to the Sandhurst Road station to close the deal.