Greater Noida gang steals 1,252 brand new Vivo phones, three arrested
Police arrested three persons on charges of stealing 1,252 brand new mobile phones of Vivo make on Wednesday night in Greater Noida. The accused had allegedly stolen the phones from the company’s transport vehicle on July 14.
The arrested were identified as Abhishek Giri, Chetan Kumar and Suresh Kumar, all hailing from Aligarh.
“We received a tip-off from an informant that three persons involved in mobile phone thefts from Vivo company might be present near Vinod Bhati roundabout in Eco Tech 1 area. We set up a checkpoint and arrested the trio. They were also carrying a countrymade pistol and two knives,” Sunil Kumar Singh, station house officer, Eco Tech 1 police station, said.
According to police, the three men, on questioning, revealed that they had stored the remaining 1,252 stolen phones in a rented room in Eco Tech 1 village.
“We recovered the stolen items after a raid in the early hours of Thursday. Now, we have recovered all phones,” Singh said.
In the past, police had managed to arrest two persons, Mukesh Agarwal and Rakesh Kumar, and recover 146 stolen Vivo phones from them. The theft incident took place on July 14 night when a company vehicle, transporting a consignment of mobile phones, left from the factory site in Ecotech 1 towards Bluedart company in Phase 2 of Noida for shipping.
Police said the truck driver, Ashok Kumar, had allegedly taken the vehicle towards a hideout of the gang and handed over the cellphones to the five-member gang.
“ While we have arrested all five members of the gang, Ashok is still missing. We have booked them under the Indian Penal Code sections 378 and 406 for theft and criminal breach of trust,” Singh said.