Police use CCTVs to nab pickpockets on Mumbai Metro
According to the Andheri police, they had registered five cases of pickpocketing in July, after which they started examining CCTV feeds in the vicinity.mumbai Updated: Aug 03, 2017 15:23 IST
The Andheri police recently arrested five alleged pickpocketers in five cases including two that took place at Andheri Metro station. The rest three took place outside Andheri railway station where pickpocketers operated during peak hours and used a rickshaw as a cover.
According to the Andheri police, they had registered five cases of pickpocketing in July, after which they started examining CCTV feeds in the vicinity. While sifting through CCTV footages at Andheri metro station, based on the information provided by the victims, they spotted the duo moving suspiciously.
“The duo targeted the two commuters while getting inside the Metro during peak hours. They stole wallets of two victims. They were skilled at identifying their targets,” said a police official.
The accused, identified as, Arvindkumar Malik, 27, and Satyam Pandey, 25, had come from Delhi and were staying in a hotel. Senior police inspector, Pandit Thorat, of Andheri police said, “The CCTV cameras were of great help. We have recovered some of the stolen valuables from the duo.”
In the other three cases, the police arrested Ashfak Shaikh 36, from Ghatkopar, Dilawar Khan, 40, from Mumbra and Pravin Pujari, 27, from Vikhroli.
“The accused targeted three men outside Andheri station during peak hours. The trio used an auto rickshaw to flee from the spot. We have recovered three mobile phones from them,” added Thorat.
All the three accused have a total of 11 past crime cases registered against them. About 64 cases of pick pocketing have been reported in the city this year till July 17. Of these, and 21 cases have been detected so far.