Police have busted a gang of two-wheeler thieves, ‘specialising in stealing Activas’ with the arrest of three people on Tuesday. With their arrest, the police claim to have solved 50 cases of two-wheeler thefts over the past 18 months. Twelve two-wheelers have already been recovered, with questioning on to get them to reveal the whereabouts of the other stolen vehicles.
The accused that the crime branch nabbed have been identified as Rakesh Kumar, 43; of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh Deshraj, 28, of Panchkula and Ravi Narayan, a scrap dealer.
Rakesh, who came to the city around 20 years ago, is a mechanic, and came into contact with Deshraj, a driver around 18 months ago. They first met at a scooter repair shop that Rakesh had opened in Dhakoli. The two decided to steal vehicles to make a living.
They zeroed in on scrap dealer, Ravi Narayan, who runs a shop called Haryana Motors in Burail. He use to buy the spare parts that the dup dismantled of the stolen two-wheelers, especially the Activa brand.
POLICE ACTED AFTER A THEFT IN SECTOR-34
Rakesh and Deshraj were arrested on secret information from Darua while Ravi was arrested on their information.
The case for which they were arrested was lodged on a complaint from Kareen Sharma, who had approached the police on April 9. Her Activa had been stolen from outside the Sector-34 Apni Mandi. Two mobile phones in the boot had also gone missing.
IN POLICE CUSTODY TILL MAY 4
The three are presently in police custody till May 4. “The Activa brand got the thieves the maximum returns. They used to dismantle the stolen vehicle and sell its parts in the spare market. From the recovered vehicles, the majority is of the Activa brand,” said Pawan Kumar, DSP (crime).
TARGETED 2-WHEELERS AT APNI MANDIS, ISOLATED SPOTS
The accused used to target and steal two wheelers parked in Apni Mandi, the Rehri Market.
They also used to jump on any opportunity if they saw a vehicle parked at isolated spots in different sectors.
The accused used to target two wheelers with special focus on slightly old models of 2006 and 2005. The gang usually used a master key to unlock the vehicles and drive them away.
Mechanic, driver among accused
Activa the ‘favourite’ pick of the
three-member that also included a scrap dealer; suspected to be involved in 50 thefts over 18 months
The three accused in Chandigarh Crime Branch custody on Tuesday. HT PHOTO