The law caught up with a suspected car thief in his sunset years after he was nabbed driving a stolen vehicle near Kherwadi junction on Wednesday night. Though the police are yet to find any previous theft cases against the accused, his son is a professional car thief and currently behind bars.
Mohamed Bashir Shaikh, 60, raised suspicion among the officers of a special squad when he was spotted driving a Santro near the junction. They identified him as the father of a professional car thief Rafiq, who is accused of over 35 vehicle thefts and was arrested four months ago. The police had recovered four stolen cars from him.
Shaikh, a resident of Dindoshi in Goregaon (East), was initially confident when intercepted and produced documents that matched the chasis and registration number of the vehicle. However, the officers called a mechanic who informed them that the engine number did not match the one mentioned in the documents.
Shaikh was taken into custody and handed over to the Powai police as the car had been stolen from there. Assistant police inspector Nitin Patil said, “Shaikh and his son work as drivers. They would steal private cars, convert them into taxis, and tamper with the chasis and registration number.”