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Ghaziabad: Photo-clicking app on stolen cellphone helps police arrest gang of snatchers

Among the three arrested are a BBA student and a civil engineering student. Police said they wanted to make some ‘quick money’

noida Updated: May 23, 2017 22:37 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
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The three accused were identified as Nadeem, a BBA student, Mohammad Qasim, a civil engineering student and Moin, who had studied up to class 10.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

An application installed in one of 21 stolen mobile phones helped the Ghaziabad police trace a gang of three alleged robbers, including a BBA and a civil engineering student. The app clicked pictures of those who tried to unlock the phone and sent them to the owner’s e-mail id.

It was revealed during questioning that the accused had conducted the robberies to make a quick buck and maintain a modern lifestyle. The three accused were identified as Nadeem, a BBA student, Mohammad Qasim, a civil engineering student and Moin, who had studied up to class 10. They are all from Arthala area of Sahibabad.

“After robbing the phone, Nadeem had tried to unlock it and his picture was clicked and sent to the owner’s e-mail id. The phone owner handed over the picture to the police. We traced the accused and his accomplices through electronic surveillance,” said Akash Tomar, superintendent of police (city).

The phones recovered from the three men. (Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

The trio was nabbed by a police team from Holy Child crossing in Nehru Nagar. They have also snatched mobile phones from people in Indirapuram, Sahibabad and Sihani Gate police station areas, the police said.

“Nadeem has several girlfriends and he was finding it difficult to arrange enough money to spend on them. He then lured Qasim and Moin, who are his friends, into the practice. They would go on bikes and snatch phones, mostly from women who were found walking on the streets or travelling in autos and cycle-rickshaws. We have not come across incidents of chain snatching committed by the accused,” Tomar said.

Nadeem also failed to appear for a test in his second-semester examination that was scheduled for Tuesday.

The police said that after snatching mobile phones, the trio would dispose them of to different customers at nominal prices.

Apart from 21 mobile phones, the police also recovered a Pulsar and an Apache from their possession. According to police sources, the accused have so far been connected with five criminal cases this year. Their connection to other cases of mobile snatching in Ghaziabad is also being checked, the police said.