The local police claim to have busted a gang of auto-lifters with the arrest of three persons.
Police have recovered five Honda Activa scooters, two motorcycles and 16 bicycles from their possession, said Rajesh Shukla, station house officer (SHO), Sector-34 police station, adding that 27 cases of theft had been solved with the arrests.
The accused have been identified as Om Parkash alias Bokla of Sector 32; Saurav Singh alias Sai of Garhwal; and Amandeep Singh alias Billy of Rupnagar.
Om Parkash was arrested from Sector 44 on Tuesday and a stolen Honda Activa scooter was recovered from his possesion. Later in the day, another police party intercepted Saurav and Amandeep in Sector 33 and recovered another stolen vehicle from their possession.
The SHO claimed that during investigation, the trio confessed that they used to sell the stolen vehicles to oblivious persons at much lesser rates.
He said the accused were drug addicts and took to crime to meet their need for drugs, adding that more recoveries were expected.