How Delhi gang members got jobs with courier firms, replaced phones with bricks
Delhi Police arrested two men, one of whom worked with a courier company as a collection agent. He allegedly took a delivery of 63 high-end mobile phones from a person based in west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar and replaced them with stonesdelhi Updated: Oct 04, 2017 13:15 IST
An employee of a courier company is among two persons arrested for picking up 63 expensive mobile phones for delivery but replacing them with stones, Delhi police said. It is suspected that at leas two more men were involved in the racket and hunt is on for them.
The arrested men and their associates used fake identity proofs to take up jobs as collection agents with courier companies, allegedly with the intention of misappropriating the products they were supposed to collect.
The suspects would replace the items with brick pieces and stones to avoid an early detection of their fraud, said Vijay Kumar, DCP (west), in a press statement. But with the arrest of two suspects — including an authorised collection agent of the courier company — the police claimed to have recovered all the stolen phones.
The arrested men have been identified as Yoginder, 28, and Suraj, 20. Both the men have only been identified by their first name so far. “Yoginder was the authorised collection agent. When we learnt that he was hiding in Chandni Chowk, we did a house-to-house search and arrested him,” said the DCP.
An investigator associated with the probe said that the members of this gang would use fake identity proofs to procure jobs with courier companies that are based in other cities. They would allegedly go into hiding after making a big kill before again taking up a job with another courier company.
“Since these courier companies cannot open an office everywhere, they rely on these collection agents to do the job for them. In the latest case, the courier company was based in Jaipur and Yoginder was their authorised agent in Delhi,” said the investigator.
Late last month, Yoginder took a delivery of 63 high-end mobile phones from a person based in west Delhi’s Kirti Nagar. “He replaced all of them with stones and sent them to the consignee. When the consignee found stones in each of the boxes, he approached us with a complaint,” said the DCP.
The consignee’s complaint kicked off an investigation, but Yoginder had already gone into hiding by then. The police, however, pursued him with whatever little clues he had left behind. Once he was arrested, his associate Suraj too was nabbed. They had allegedly hidden the stolen phones in a godown in west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar.