Eager to own a set of wheels, but too young to afford them, two collegians from Malad just went out and stole a two-wheeler belonging to a fellow student.
The two youths, both 16 and residents of Malad (W), are class 11 students of NL College located in the same suburb. Both come from well-to-do families, the police said. The parents of the two boys were unaware of the scooter being stolen, as they always told everyone who asked that the scooter was a friend’s.
On November 30, Nidhi Vibhakar, 19, a class 13 student of the same college and a resident of Kandivli (east), found her scooter missing from the college parking lot. After much searching, when she could not locate her scooter anywhere, she approached the Malad police and lodged a complaint of theft.
During the course of investigations, the police received a tip-off that two youths were seen riding a scooter with fake number plates.
The police detained the two youths, who eventually admitted to the crime after being questioned by the police.
The two told the police that the girl had left her scooter unlocked in the parking lot. So, one of the boys, who lives in Bhadre Nagar, opposite the college, took the vehicle and parked it in his building compound.
Later, the two called a key maker and got a duplicate key made for the scooter. They also changed the number plate to avoid being traced.
Manohar Harpude, assistant police inspector of Malad police station, said, “The two boys confessed to the crime and said they wanted a two-wheeler so that they could go anywhere they wanted. They have been sent to the Dongri Children’s Home. The boys’ parents were unaware of the theft.”