Gang of seven Romanians held for theft in Faridabad
A gang of suspected Romanian nationals allegedly involved in thefts across the country was busted in Faridabad on Tuesday. The suspects, three men and four women, were operating from a Paharganj hotel in New Delhi.delhi Updated: Jul 19, 2016 23:34 IST
A gang of suspected Romanian nationals allegedly involved in thefts across the country was busted in Faridabad on Tuesday. The suspects, three men and four women, were operating from a Paharganj hotel in New Delhi.
A team of Rajasthan police too arrived in the town to take them into custody.
Police said that on July 17, they received a complaint from one Gulshan Taneja of Jawahar colony. He said some foreign nationals on the pretext of purchasing items from his shop stole valuables from his house near his shop.
“We registered a case and started scanning CCTV cameras in the locality,” said a police officer, adding, they noticed the foreign nationals in a Fortuner SUV on July 17.
The police said they got details of the accused from the travel agency that rented out the vehicle to them.
“Being foreigners, they were confident they would not be caught. They responded to our call and reached Faridabad in the wee hours of Tuesday,” said an officer.
During preliminary questioning, they said they belonged to Romania.
On July 17, the gang reached Jawahar Colony in Faridabad and entered Taneja’s garments shop.
Police said the modus operandi was simple — to distract the owner while committing the theft. In the Jawahar Colony case, the women members of the gang bought items worth Rs 2,500 and paid him in Rs 10 notes.
“When the shop owner was busy counting the notes, the men entered his house, broke the almirah with sharp tools and fled with Rs 40,000 in cash and valuables,” police said.
The gang had committed a theft the same way in Jaipur on July 15. The Jaipur police rushed to Faridabad to take custody of the Romanian nationals.
“We produced the seven before the court on Tuesday that remanded the women in judicial custody. The men were sent to one-day police remand,” the police said. “We are now trying to find out where they stayed,” said the police.