BTech graduate facing 47 cases of vehicle theft held in Chandigarh
Police have also recovered nine stolen four-wheelers, worth over ₹1 croreUpdated: Oct 28, 2020, 22:47 IST
Chandigarh Police have arrested a 32-year-old vehicle thief who has 47 cases registered against him in the UT besides Punjab, Haryana and Delhi.
Identified as Harpreet Singh, alias Smarty, of Delhi, he has a BTech degree in computer science engineering.
Police have also recovered nine stolen four-wheelers, worth over ₹1 crore, from him. He was produced in court on Wednesday, and sent to judicial custody.
Harpreet has earlier been arrested by the crime branch thrice, in 2014, 2016 and 2018. He has six cases pending in Chandigarh district courts and was declared a proclaimed offender in one of them.
The crime branch traced Harpreet while investigating the theft of a Maruti Esteem, which had gone missing from Maloya on July 10.
After being tipped off that the suspect was in Delhi, cops caught him driving the stolen car. His interrogation led to the recovery of eight more vehicles, including three Hyundai Creta SUVs and a Toyota Innova, Jeep Compass, Maruti Vitara Breza, Maruti Swift and Hyundai i20.
Stole over 200 vehicles, sold them to scrap dealers
Harpreet, according to police, uses sophisticated equipment and tools to steal high-end cars. During questioning, he allegedly confessed to have stolen more than 200 vehicles.
Operating with his gang members, he further sells the vehicles to scrap dealers in Uttar Pradesh for anywhere between ₹1 lakh and ₹3 lakh. The scrap dealers then affix fake chassis and engine numbers on the vehicles, which are further sold in the open market.