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Hotel’s letterhead helps Delhi Police arrest 2 who stole car for joyride

One of the arrested men, 21-year-old Ishit Monga, works as an assistant manager at a prominent hotel in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur. His 25-year-old friend-cum-accomplice Akshay Arora is an event manager in a firm in south Delhi’s Okhla.

delhi Updated: Aug 22, 2018 08:36 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Ishit Monga and Akshay Arora (right) were arrested for the theft of a Ford Ecosport car from a parking lot in Connaught Place on August 15.(HT Photo )

A forgotten letterhead of a luxury hotel has helped Delhi Police arrest two young professionals for the theft of a Ford Ecosport car from a parking lot in Connaught Place on August 15.

Police said one of the arrested men, identified as 21-year-old Ishit Monga, works as an assistant manager at a prominent hotel in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur.

His 25-year-old friend-cum-accomplice Akshay Arora is an event manager in a firm in south Delhi’s Okhla, said Madhur Verma, deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi).

The men were forced to abandon the car on the Safdarjung Flyover on Saturday after Monga rammed it on the road divider while allegedly drink driving.

The two men are residents of central Delhi’s Paharganj where Monga’s father owns a garments shop, police said. Monga is a batch topper from a hotel management institute in south Delhi and was in Delhi to appear for interviews at some hotels.

“On August 15, Monga planned an outing with Arora. But he refused to lend him the family car. So, the duo decided to steal a car from the parking lot of Connaught Place,” said the DCP.

They zeroed down on a white Ford Ecosport parked outside PVR Plaza in Connaught Place’s H Block. The car belongs to a Gurgaon businessman who was there to watch a movie with his family.

“One of the men first tried to trick the parking attendant by bluffing that he had been instructed by the carowner to collect the vehicle. When the parking attendant refused to hand over the keys, the man made him speak to his friend. The attendant was still unconvinced and refused,” said an investigator.

Monga then allegedly stole the parking slip machine from the attendant and produced a fake slip for the Ecosport. Once the attendant handed over the car keys, the duo went on a joyride. They changed the registration plate of the car and took their friends for drives over the next three days, police said.

After police found the car on Saturday, they searched the vehicle for clues. The stolen parking slip machine, two pairs of women’s sandals and a letterhead of a city hotel was found inside.

“The letterhead had the roster of the hotel’s trainees on August 16. We approached the hotel and they led us to the woman trainee who had the letterhead,” said the DCP, adding that the woman had gone on a drive in the same car and forgotten her letterhead in the vehicle.

“The woman claimed that she didn’t know that the car was stolen. She led us to her
companions in the car,” said an investigator.

The police then called the two suspects for questioning during which they allegedly broke down and confessed.

First Published: Aug 22, 2018 01:08 IST