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Delhi: Two shopkeepers arrested for selling stolen gadgets

The men used to receive stolen mobile phones from snatchers and burglars, change IMEI number and sell it through their shops.

delhi Updated: Mar 19, 2017 00:12 IST
Karn Pratap SIngh
Karn Pratap SIngh
Hindustan Times
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Cops display laptops and mobile phones seized from the shopkeepers.(HT Photo)

Delhi police arrested on Saturday arrested a mobile phone shop owner from Punjab and another from Delhi for allegedly receiving stolen gadgets from snatchers in the capital.

The accused are Satender Pratap Singh, 38, hailing from Chattarpur in south Delhi and Chandan Makkar, 21, native of Sri Muktsar Sahib district in Punjab.

Around 250 stolen mobile phones, 15 mobile phone chargers, 19 laptops, 105 laptop chargers, nine iPads, and 24 mother boards of iPhones were recovered from the two. With their arrest, south Delhi police claimed to have solved 41 cases of robbery, snatching and house thefts.

Ishwar Singh, deputy commissioner of police (south), said that following a sudden spurt in incidents of robbery, snatching and burglary in south Delhi areas, they constituted a team of special staff to neutralise criminals involved.

“A team comprising inspector Jeet Singh and sub inspectors Satender Khari and Rajeev Bamal gathered information about the gangs involved in such crimes. The team members verified persons with criminal records to establish their potential involvement with the crimes,” the DCP said.

The prisoner maintenance system was utilised effectively. The police scrutinised details of burglars, snatchers and robbers, who were recently released from various jails, and also well known receivers of stolen properties. The efforts paid off when they received information about one Satender Pratap Singh, a receiver of stolen properties.

“The team conducted a raid at Satender’s home in Chattarpur on March 11 and recovered several stolen gadgets like mobile phones, laptops, iPads and tablets. We arrested him,” the DCP said.

During interrogation, Satender disclosed to have received the stolen gadgets from one Deepak alias Ganja, a resident of Kirari in Delhi. He also revealed that Ganja used to receive stolen gadgets from snatchers and burglars, and sold them off to one Anmol alias Kaku and Chandan Makkar, both from Punjab.

Police further raided hideouts of Kaku and Makkar in Punjab. Makkar was arrested from his hometown with more stolen goods on March 15, while Kaku is still at large.

On interrogation, Makkar told police that he had been running a mobile shop in his hometown for the last three years. He used to visit Delhi’s Gaffar Market to purchase mobile phones and accessories. He He met Satender during one such visit, and was lured by him into buying stolen gadgets to maximise profit. Makkar further roped in Kaku.

“All the three of them consulted one Gulshan from Punjab’s Bhatinda, who used to change IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers of stolen phones. Changing IMEI numbers made their business easier because once it is changed, the mobile phones became untraceable,” said an investigator.

The police are now looking for Kaku, Gulshan and Ganja.

First Published: Mar 19, 2017 00:11 IST