Two chain snatchers arrested in Mumbai, two more at large
Mumbai city news: Three incidents of chain-snatching were reported in Sion and Mahim in the last week of May. The police found that the same gang was involved in both the casesmumbai Updated: Jul 06, 2017 09:33 IST
The Mahim police recently arrested two chain snatchers, who are part of a larger gang involved in the crime.
Vijay Krishna Kale, 27, and Mustafa Shaikh, 29, revealed upon questioning that their gang comprised a watcher, a rider and a snatcher. The team coordinated seamlessly to snatch chains across the city.
Three incidents of chain-snatching were reported in Sion and Mahim in the last week of May. The police found that the same gang was involved in both the cases.
The police analysed the CCTV footage of the motorcycle involved in the crime, which showed that the vehicle had not left Mahim.
They found it parked in Mahim and after a four-day vigil, caught Kale who came for it.
He led the police to Shaikh. Two more persons, including their mastermind, are still at large.
“The team parked the motorcycle in Mahim itself and used another transport to avoid being detected,” said Govardhan Girawale, police sub-inspector, Mahim police station.
Kale has 40 cases of chain-snatching registered against him. The mastermind would sit on another motorcycle and give the snatchers information on patrolling police officers, the target and escape routes.
After snatching the chains, the mastermind would go to the spot to see if the police were being called or if any witness was following the motorcycle. He would even mislead witnesses with false directions, in which the chain-snatcher fled. The accused splurged the money in bars and pubs in the city.