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Man poses as traffic cop to steal luxury cars, held in Delhi

May 21, 2024 05:52 AM IST

The thefts extended to luxury cars Toyota Camry and one of a BMW make, as the mastermind was in debt and wanted to settle his dues

A 29-year-old man was arrested for posing as a traffic police officer and towing away high-end illegal vehicles to sell to a scrap dealer, police said on Monday, adding that one of his associates as well the buyer of the vehicles were also apprehended.

The suspect mostly targeted localities in south Delhi, police said, adding they were probing to ascertain the number of thefts the gang committed. (Representational image)
The suspect mostly targeted localities in south Delhi, police said, adding they were probing to ascertain the number of thefts the gang committed. (Representational image)

The auto theft racket was unearthed after police officials received a complaint from a resident of Vasant Kunj B-block, who reported that his Toyota Camry sedan was towed away from his residence early on March 15 by a man dressed as a traffic policeman.

The alleged mastermind of the racket was identified by the police as Vikas Singh of Kusumpur Pahari in south Delhi. He was aided by 55-year-old Pitampura resident Mahender Singh, who ran a scrapyard in northwest Delhi’s Kanjhawala, and 24-year-old Roshan Ahirwal from west Delhi’s Mayapuri, said deputy commissioner of police (south west) Rohit Meena.

Vikas resorted to the crime as he was heavily in debt and wanted to settle his dues quickly, officers aware of the investigation said. He mostly targeted localities in south Delhi, police said, adding they were probing to ascertain the number of thefts the gang committed. Among other cars recovered from the gang is a BMW, police said.

Another police officer involved in the probe said when they received a call from a Vasant Kunj resident about the stolen Camry, they scanned CCTV footage from near where the car was parked and found that it was towed away by a crane. “Interestingly, the man was wearing uniform of the traffic police,” the officer said.

Based on the registration number of the crane, police tracked down the operator, who told them that “a police officer” had hired him to “confiscate” and tow away the vehicle to a scrapyard in Kanjhawala.

“At the Kanjhawala scrapyard, we found Mahender, the receiver of the car. He said the car had been dismantled. We recovered the remains of the Camry from him,” the officer said, adding that he was arrested on May 17.

Upon questioning him, police ascertained Vikas had posed as the traffic policeman and got the car towed on March 15 and that the two of them rented a scrapyard to dismantle vehicles. “Raids were conducted at Kusumpur Pahari and the accused was arrested on the same day,” the officer said.

According to the police, Vikas had borrowed money to start a gym in Vasant Kunj just before the Covid-19 pandemic, and was forced to shut it due to global outbreak. Upon being confronted by debtors, he decided to steal cars and sell them, police said.

“He used to procure details of old and expired vehicles from the RTO (mobile) application and target them in south Delhi. Sometimes, he would also target luxury cars parked outside houses late in the night,” the officer said.

Police said questioning the duo led them to Ahirwal, who was arrested on Sunday. Police recovered the engine and body of a Camry, body of a BMW car, a traffic police uniform and a bike. They are also probing the involvement of two crane operators.

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