Delhi: Car thieves who used phone jammers to avoid cops caught
The two accused were allegedly part of an interstate cartel that deployed the use of latest technology to break into cars before stealing them.delhi Updated: Dec 17, 2017 00:18 IST
Two alleged vehicle thieves who used sophisticated gadgets like mobile phone signal jammers to shield themselves from cops have been arrested, police said on Saturday.
The two accused were allegedly part of an interstate cartel that deployed the use of latest technology to break into cars before stealing them.
“These car thieves always carried a mobile phone signal jammer with them. It helped them dodge enforcement agencies during the thefts or while trying to dispose of the stolen vehicles,” said Romil Baaniya, DCP (southeast).
The portable jammer that they had purchased online was also effective while they were fleeing with the stolen vehicles as the jammer neutralised the signal of any tracker device concealed inside the vehicle.
“Since the thieves carried the jamming device with them at all times, it also made it difficult for us to put them under electronic surveillance,” said the DCP.
The two alleged thieves have been identified as Subodh Yadav and Vipin Kumar. Yadav was allegedly found involved in more than 20 criminal cases, including murder, carjacking and uprooting and robbing an entire ATM, Baaniya said.
To deceive people into believing he was a legitimate businessman, Yadav also simultaneously ran a cab firm in Agra, the DCP said.
The other suspect, Kumar, too, had been booked in another murder case in 2011 and the Chandigarh Police had once recovered 26 high-end cars from him, the officer said.
Apart from the phone jammer and other gadgets, the police have also recovered six stolen cars, including two Mahindra Thars, a Mahindra Rexton and a Honda City.
“To steal cars without raising an alarm, this cartel would use an advanced software that could disable the security system of the vehicle. They could also feed the car’s engine control module (ECM) data into their devices which would let them prepare duplicate keys to steal these cars,” the DCP said.
The thieves would then purchase total loss cars – vehicles that are too damaged to be repaired – and use their chassis and engine numbers on cars stolen by them, the DCP said. Since they would be given original documents of the total loss vehicles, they could pass off the stolen vehicles as genuine used cars once the chassis and engine numbers were swapped.