Pune crime branch arrests infamous pickpocket
The police recovered Rs 1,18,300 from the man who used to operate with accomplices until a few years ago.pune Updated: Aug 13, 2017 17:29 IST
A 24-year-old man was arrested by Unit 3 of Pune police crime branch senior police inspector, Sitaram More and his team from Swargate area for stealing wallets from people and disposing it. Raju Narayan Jadhav was caught after Hawaladar Anil Ghadge received an information about his presence in Swargate on Friday. He was produced in the court on Saturday and was sent to police custody.
The police recovered ₹1,18,300 from the man, who used to operate with a couple of others, until he got married a few years ago. “He stopped operating with others after he got married. His wife left him because of his activities, which continued even after the marriage,” said Senior PI Sitaram More.
“He pickpockets only from the Pune Municipal Transport (PMT) buses in Swargate area. Since he always appear well dressed, it is difficult to recognise him as a pick pocket,” he added.
Jadhav is originally from Phulambri in Aurangabad district and maintained a residence in the slum area in Rajeev Gandhinagar in Bibwewadi, according to the police. He had moved there after his marriage.
Jadhav has eight cases of pick pocketing under Section 379 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) registered against him at various police stations in the city. Of the eight, five are at the Swargate police station and one at Bund Garden, Shivajinagar and Chaturshringi police station each.
“In the case registered at Bung Garden police station, the victim was a local judge, who must have been travelling in the city bus,” said Senior PI More.
Besides these eight cases, Jadhav also has a case under Section 399 and 402 of IPC and Section (4)(25) of Arms Act registered against him at the Swargate police station in 2014.