The Vikhroli police arrested two students of a Mumbra-based technical institute for thefts on Wednesday.
The police said that Sabir Sayyed (18) and Adnan Hamid (19) would ride on their motorbike and snatch bags of women travelling in autorickshaws on the Eastern Express Highway.
They operated after sunset, as it was easy to flee in the dark.
Sub-Inspector T.S. Koyande of Vikhroli police station, said: “In December last year, Sayyed and Hamid robbed the cellphone and wallet of Lalita Salve who was travelling to Chembur by the expressway in an auto. Using the IMEI number of the cellphone, we found an address but the man who stayed there told us that he did not have any phone of the given description. Then the cellphone was tracked to Mumbra and through informants we learnt that the accused stayed there.”
The police posed as courier boys and told the accused to come to a location a few kilometres from their houses.
“When they arrived there, we nabbed them and following interrogation the accused confessed to the crime. They said that they had started bag-snatching only recently and had stolen only two bags so far. We seized a cellphone from the duo,” said Koyande.
Sayyed and Hamid belong to middle-class families and do not have any financial problems.
“Sayyed’s mother is a teacher and Hamid’s father owns a shop. The families were shocked to learn of the matter,” said Koyande.