An engineer and a Class-12 passout who used their technical knowledge for vehicle theft finally found themselves in police net at the Hallomajra light-point on Saturday night.
The crime branch of the UT police nabbed Harpreet Singh alias Smarty (24) and Ramjeet Singh alias Ram (22) and recovered eight stolen high-end luxury cars. Four of the cars were stolen from Chandigarh.
A vehicle belonging to Punjab excise and taxation officer Hukam Chand Bansal, of Sector 15, has been recovered.
Harpreet is a BTech from the Regional Institute of Management and Technology(RIMT), Mandi Gobindgarh, while Ramjeet is Class-12 pass. Both are unemployed and reside in Delhi.
A Fortuner, four Innovas, an i-20, one Pajero and a Cruze valued at around Rs 1.1 crore in total have been recovered.
UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill said the two-member gang targeted luxury cars and their most recent theft was a Cruze from Sector 44.
“We received a tip-off that the accused planned to strike in the city. A crime branch team comprising DSP(crime) Pawan Kumar and inspector Gurmukh Singh nabbed the accused near the Manimajra light-point. They were coming from Zirakpur in a white Hyundai i-20 (PB-10EU-0605),” the SSP said.
The accused could not provide the papers of the car, the SSP claimed and were arrested.
The accused have a criminal record and have theft cases registered against them at Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab and Delhi. Harpreet faces 20 cases and Smarty faces 16 cases.
The accused used to enter Chandigarh from Delhi by car and did a recce of areas before striking.
The stolen vehicles were sold in other states by tampering with the engine and chassis number.