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4 employees of an online store held near Mumbai for stealing high-end phones, laptops

The police have recovered 57 stolen mobile phones and three laptops so far

mumbai Updated: Feb 13, 2018 09:19 IST
Arvind Walmiki
Arvind Walmiki
Hindustan Times
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he accused stole mobile phones worth more than Rs15 lakh from the company warehouse in Bhiwandi.(Representational photo)

Four people were arrested on Monday for stealing high-end products from an online store. The police have recovered 57 stolen mobile phones and three laptops from them from employees of the shopping store.

They used to deliberately deliver the wrong product to the customer. When the customer returned the product, they would tell them that the company would deliver the ordered item soon. They would then keep the product, usually a high-end phone, and make fake entries at the warehouse.

Umesh Shantaram Gulvi, 22, and Makbool Hussain Rafiqueuddin Bada Bhaiyya,19, are employees of a courier service firm. Bhaiyya used to work as the driver of the delivery van. The other accused — Sachin Patale, 32, and Sandip Saraf, 28 — are former employees of a popular online store. The police are looking for two other accused.

A day after the courier service registered a case with the Narpoli police station in Bhiwandi, the four were arrested. They were produced in court and remanded in police custody till February 17. The accused often sold the stolen items, said the police.

“The accused have said that they have sold 300 phones in Bhiwandi and 400 in Kalyan and Mumbai. We are investigating which shops they have sold the stolen phones to. The accused have confessed that they have cheated the online store of more than Rs1 crore,” said a police officer from Thane commissionerate.

The accused, who knew each other, hatched the plan five months ago. In the past three months, the accused stole mobile phones worth more than Rs15 lakh from the company warehouse in Bhiwandi.

The Thane crime branch officials are questioning the employees of the online store and the courier firm.

Deputy commissioner of police, Thane, (crime) Abhishek Trimukhe said, “We have arrested four people and they have confessed to the crime. We are trying to recover other mobile phones.”

“However, we did not receive any complaint from customers of a wrong delivery. If anyone has been cheated, they should register a case,” he said.

Trimukhe added, “The accused did not get caught as they used make fake entries, saying the product has been returned.”

Senior police inspector from Thane crime branch unit 2 Shital Raut said, “We are in the process of recovering the stolen mobile phones. The accused are friends and hatched a plan to steal phones and other electronic products.”

Raut said that they suspect that the accused used to change the expensive order with a soap or any other cheap items.

“We zoomed in on the four after learning that they have many mobile phones. We are still questioning the accused,” added Raut.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 09:19 IST