The Kandivli police on Monday arrested four men who were allegedly running an inter-state car theft racket.
Police said Bharat Jain (31), Hemant Jain (28), Hasan Khan (25) and Bhanwarlal Bhil (28) used a master key to steal Boleros from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat and sold them in other cities.
While Hemant, Hasan and Bhanwarlal hail from Rajasthan, Bharat is from Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh.
“This was the first time they had come to Mumbai to sell stolen cars. They had earlier sold a vehicle stolen from Rajasthan in Satara,” said a police officer, requesting anonymity.
The police had got a tip-off about a gang of car thieves coming to Kandivli to sell cars stolen from other states. “We intercepted a Bolero in which Bharat and Hemant were travelling at Borsapada in Mahavir Nagar at 7.30 pm. When they could not satisfactory answers about the vehicle’s documents, we took them in for questioning,” said Senior Inspector Suryakant Ghatge.
During interrogation, the two men reportedly confessed. “They said two of their accomplices were waiting for them near a petrol pump on SV Road in Kandivli (W),” said Ghatge.
The police arrested Hasan and Bhanwarlal who were waiting in another stolen Bolero. The police are now looking for their fifth accomplice, who had given them the master key.
“They had planned to sell the vehicles here and then steal cars from Maharashtra to sell them in other states,” said Ghatge.
There are several cases of house break-in and car thefts against them in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and a house break-in case each in Diva and Kalyan. Bhanwarlal and Hasan had been released from a Rajasthan jail last month after serving a six-month sentence in a house break-in case.
The four accused have been remanded to police custody until May 17.