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Noida: Four held for stealing mobile phone parts worth Rs60lakh

They had also stolen 1,100 LED panels from a vendor in Sector 82 in Noida that supplies components to Samsung

noida Updated: Jul 25, 2017 23:43 IST
Hindustan Times
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Of the four arrested, three own mobile phone shops in Delhi. They provided the stolen parts to owners of cell phone shops and those running phone repair shops in the same city, police said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)

The Noida police has arrested four persons on charges of stealing 1,100 LED panels and components of mobile phones worth over Rs60 lakh from a vendor in Noida’s Sector 82 that supplies components to Samsung.

There are also apprehensions that the thieves could have provided the specimens to electronic manufacturers for replicating the LED panels of Samsung smartphones. However, the police are yet to verify these claims.

Of the four arrested, three persons own mobile phone shops in Karol Bagh and Shastri Nagar in Delhi. These three persons got in touch with three former employees of the electronic firm and planned the theft. Two of the three persons who executed the theft are still at large, the police said.

The superintendent of police (city), Arun Kumar Singh, said, “Three persons broke into the company in Sector 82 on July 2 and decamped with 1,100 LED panels of high-end Samsung smartphones. Each LED panel is worth Rs6,500.”

The thieves provided the stolen parts to owners of cell phone shops and those running phone repair shops in Delhi, the police said.

The police arrested four persons from Phase-2 area of Noida on Monday evening while they were carrying out an exchange of stolen components.

The four persons were identified as Manoranjan, Mohit, Sachin and Tarun. Manoranjan was a former employee of the company and was involved in the theft while Mohit, Sachin and Tarun own cell phone shops and masterminded the theft, the police said.

The police have recovered 142 LED panels and mobile phone components from their possession, which cost over Rs9 lakh.

Singh said, “Manoranjan, Aditya and Divesh — former employees of the company — executed the theft. They knew how to gain access to the company without being caught, but could not escape from the CCTV cameras installed in the company.”

Manoranjan and Aditya were caught in the cameras stealing the components. Based on the initial information obtained from the company, the police mounted technical surveillance on the accused and made the arrests.

Singh said that the accused will be produced before the district court and the police will ask for a remand to question them further on the issue, arrest those absconding and recover the rest of the stolen goods.

First Published: Jul 25, 2017 23:43 IST