NEW DELHI: The police on Wednesday arrested two persons involved in more than 100 incidents of car thefts. Five cars, 25 engines, 11 CNG kits, 20 car batteries, 109 tyres with rim and other dismantled parts of cars were recovered.
With the arrest of Imran (30) and Salman (22), the police claimed to have solved 25 cases of motor vehicle thefts. DCP, South, Ishwar Singh said, “In order to curb the motor vehicle thefts, teams were formed and asked to analyse and study the pattern of motor vehicles in their areas. The teams analysed series of CCTV footage, observed the movement of persons involved in such activities and tracked them. Their modus operandi was studied and sharp vigil kept at strategic points. Sources were deployed to get clues about their movement and after concerted efforts the men were identified.”
“Information that the gang is headed by auto lifters and scrap dealers was received. It was found that the men store and dismantle the stolen vehicles in a godown in Jawahar Nagar, Karawal Nagar, North East Delhi, following which a raid was conducted.”
During the raid, the police team caught the duo dismantling a stolen Honda City Car. On verification, the Honda city was found to be stolen. The duo admitted to have dismantled more than 100 stolen cars in last 15-20 days in the same godown. His associates Zahir and Chotte disposed of the dismantled parts to scrap dealers in UP.
Five stolen cars, 20 car batteries, 11 CNG Kits, 109 car tyres, 25 car engines and other dismantled parts of vehicles were recovered from the godown, police said.
“The gang members used to conduct a recce of the area to commit auto thefts. They used to carry tool kits,including drill machine with charger, battery, different types of screw drivers, screw openers, sharpener and bunch of keys of different model of vehicles. After identifying a vehicle for theft, they used to open the lock with the help of tool kit and steal the car. They would take the stolen vehicle to the godown and within an hour, they dismantle the stolen car in parts and sell them to scrap dealers. They used to dispose of the vehicles to their known receivers only to avoid being caught by police,” Singh said.