Four men attacked a 35-year-old driver near Airport colony at Vile Parle on Saturday and fled with the Toyota Fortuner he was driving.
The SUV costs about Rs 22 lakh.
The Vile Parle police said the SUV is registered in the name of a Surat-based private firm that has its offices at Sahar. In Mumbai, the SUV is under the charge of Rajesh Wai, who is employed with the firm’s office at Sahar in Andheri (East).
Driver Suresh Bhuwaria told the police that the incident happened around 9.30 pm when he was on his way to the international airport to pick up Wai, who was returning from a foreign tour.
“When the complainant reached near the Airport colony at Vile Parle (East), he parked the car on one side and went to a cellphone shop to buy a re-charge coupon,” said an officer, requesting anonymity.
“When the complainant returned near the car, two robbers accosted him. Both of them held on to the driver and kicked and punched him,” the officer added.
Bhuwaria raised an alarm but nobody came to his help as the spot was isolated, the police said.
“The other two robbers entered the vehicle and drove away,” said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.
By then, the two who were assaulting Bhuwaria left him on the road and fled.
“Based on Bhuwaria’s complaint, we have prepared sketches of the accused. So far, no arrests have been made. A robbery case has been registered,” said R.N. Ambre, senior inspector of Vile Parle police station.
The police are also verifying the claims of the driver.
Ambre said the police are also looking for the SUV at isolated areas in the vicinity. “Generally, in such cases, the car thieves park the stolen vehicle at an isolated spot and then pick it up after some days after changing the number plate,” said Ambre.