The Ghaziabad crime branch on Sunday arrested two members of a gang that used a private ambulance to flee after allegedly burgling a house in Nehru Nagar in Ghaziabad. The alleged incident took place in February when the residents were away and the gang escaped with over one kilogram of gold and silver items and Rs12 lakh in cash.
Crime branch officials said the ambulance was operated by gang member Adesh Singh from Auraiya who stayed at Vijay Nagar in Ghaziabad. They said they had used the ambulance for the first time in the Nehru Nagar burglary. The other arrested member is Manoj Kumar from Mathura who also stayed at Vijay Nagar. The police recovered gold and silver items and the ambulance that bears a Madhya Pradesh registration number from them.
“One of the other gang members is absconding and teams are trying to track him. More stolen items are expected to be recovered from him. The gang used the ambulance with sirens and zoomed past check posts, barriers and toll plazas as ambulances are not generally checked and are allowed smooth passage,” said HN Singh, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Ghaziabad.
The occupants of the Nehru Nagar house had gone to the Dwarkadhish temple in Gujarat on February 17. They returned on February 25 to find their house burgled and valuables missing. A case was registered at Sihani Gate police station and the investigation handed over to the crime branch.
“We scanned CCTV footage from cameras and used electronic surveillance to track the culprits. The discovery of ambulance was surprising. With the help of the stolen cash, Adhesh had purchased the ambulance for Rs5.5 lakh. He had earlier taken it on rent and operated it in Delhi-NCR. This burglary was the first time they had used the ambulance and they were happy with the rich dividends the vehicle had paid in the first attempt itself,” said a crime branch official.
Police said during the day Manoj helped his accomplices conduct a recce of houses that were locked and had newspapers lying outside.
“They targeted houses where dust had collected and newspapers lay uncollected, as it indicated that the occupants were not at home. They targeted the Nehru Nagar house after a similar recce,” the official said.
Police said Manoj has four previous cases of thefts registered against him while Adhesh has two cases against him in Ghaziabad. SSP Singh said he has directed officials to find the criminal history of the two and their accomplices.