Two jobless young men were caught trying to steal copper wire from cellular towers in Matunga on Sunday. The Matunga police arrested the two while they were on the job atop a building in the area.
The young men, in their early twenties, told police that they were planning to sell the 20-metre copper wire, worth around Rs 2,000, to help meet family expenses.
The young men, Sohail Nazir Moin Tule (20) and Afzal Abdul Turkey (22), have studied till class 8 and 10 respectively.
The incident took place around 9 pm on Sunday. The two, identifying themselves as technicians of a service provider, entered Dharmesh Building at M.G. Road Matunga. The watchman let them in as there were network towers of a few services providers installed on the terrace.
Then, using the equipment they had brought along, the two started cutting the copper wire from the network towers.
Unfortunately for them, Santosh Modi, the vigilance officer of Eastern Towers Security Limited, responsible for the maintenance and security of network towers, was on his rounds, checking network towers. When he saw the two men cutting the wire, he raised an alarm and the two were caught with the help of locals and the watchman.
The Matunga police have booked them under Section 379 (theft) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.
S K Ramdas, assistant police inspector of Matunga police station, said, “We suspect Tule and Turkey wanted the money to spend on themselves and not because of any family responsibility. There have been similar offences in the area in the past few months. We are checking if the two were involved in them.”
The two will remain in police custody till August 25.