Two men from a gang of four, who would come to the city every six months to commit thefts and then fly back to their hometown immediately, were arrested recently. All four are farmers.
Mustafa Tapajjul Shaikh, 21, and Mohammad Moharram Ismail Shaikh, 22, along with their accomplices, had the following modus operandi — they would drill holes in the shops that they wanted to steal from. Immediately after collecting their booty, they would take a flight back to Jumaytola village, Jharkhand. Their accomplices, Mustaq Tapajjul Shaikh, 21, and Azim Bashir Fezghar Shaikh, 22, are still on the run, police said.
In August this year, they had robbed a mobile phone shop in Gamdevi. Following this, a special team was formed by the VP road police to nab the gang. “They had stolen 429 mobile phones, worth Rs48.3 lakh, from Papilon Digitech Mobile Shop at Gamdevi,” said sub inspector M Kate, VP Road police station. The shop owner, Ashok Gadda, 36, then lodged a complaint.
“We traced the mobile phones handsets to Bangladesh. Our sources then told us that they had fled to their homes, close to the Bangladesh border. A month later, we sent a team to their village,” said Kate.
On September 29, police arrested Mustafa. They caught Mohammad on November 15 from his village. The two were brought to Mumbai and police recovered mobile phones from them worth more than one lakh.
“All four come from poor families. Whatever they steal, they sell at a ‘chor bazaar’ at nominal rates,” said a police officer.