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Thieves come in a sedan to steal an Alto in Indirapuram

They were also shrewd enough to dodge the CCTV cameras in the area, police said.

noida Updated: Feb 13, 2018 23:19 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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The Maruti Alto was parked outside ATS Advantage in Indirapuram on Sunday night.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Two car lifters escaped with a Maruti Alto, parked outside the ATS Advantage high-rise in Ghaziabad, on Sunday evening.

What has baffled the Ghaziabad police is that the two vehicle lifters arrived in a sedan to steal the Alto. They were also shrewd enough to dodge the CCTV cameras in the area, police said.

According to the owner of the Alto, Dhirendra Awasthi, who stays in Noida, he had come to meet his relatives in Indirapuram and had parked his car outside the high-rise on Sunday evening. The ATS Advantage high-rise is an upscale condominium in Indirapuram.

“The CCTV camera shows that the car was parked around 3.53pm on Sunday and the two men in a sedan arrived around 4.43pm. They easily escaped with my car within four to five minutes. They were quite aware of the CCTV coverage at the high-rise and,hence, they stopped the sedan at an angle so that the registration plate of their car nor their faces could be caught on camera,” Awasthi said.

“They parked their sedan near my car and one of them unlocked the Alto, put it in reverse and escaped with it. His accomplice, meanwhile, reversed the sedan in such a manner as to avoid the CCTV cameras. They seemed highly professional and they escaped with my car within a few minutes,” he said.

Following the incident, Awasthi lodged an FIR at Indirapuram police station for theft. However, the police are clueless about the whereabouts of the men or the car.

“Awasthi’s car was parked outside the high-rise as the guest parking area was full. We are investigating the incident and have also got hold of the CCTV footage. However, the faces of men and the registration number of their sedan is not visible on the footage,” sub-inspector Samar Bahadur, case investigating officer, said.

“Since there are number of cars parked on the roadside outside the high-rise, we are also going to hold a meeting with the residents’ welfare body to at least deploy a guard there to prevent such thefts,” he said.

Vehicle thefts have been on the rise in Ghaziabad, according to the police. In 2017, nearly 2,567 cases of vehicle thefts were registered as compared to 3,501 cases in 2016 and another 2,663 in 2015.

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 23:19 IST