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How two bikers robbed a man of Rs 1.7 lakh by spilling oil in front of his SUV

Here’s how the robbery happened without the use of arms or force.

punjab Updated: Jun 10, 2017 16:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
One of the bikers spilled oil in front of the SUV and the other biker then ‘informed’ the car occupants of an oil leak in their vehicle. (HT Photo)

Not all conmen on motorcycles snatch your purse brazenly and flee; some do it quietly and with stealth too.

Beware of these, as they struck for the first time after January, on Friday.

One such gang of two motorcyclists (on separate bikes) is active in the city and robbed a Sector-16 industrialist of Rs 1.7 lakh he was carrying in a bag on the back seat of his Innova.

Here’s how the robbery happened without the use of arms or force.

The two bikers tailed the SUV of the victim, Arvind Malik, possibly from his factory.

Malik’s driver and contractor, Brij Mohan, accompanied him and they were on their way to buy marble from the Dhanas market.

Modus operandi
  • The gang does a recce of the area/ person they plan to target on two-wheelers.
  • They follow cars in which they can see cash bring carried frequently.
  • Sensing an opportune moment, they spill oil near the front of the vehicle and inform him of it.
  • Taking advantage of the distracted driver, bags and valuables from the back seat are whisked away.

As they reached near the market, one of the bikers allegedly spilled oil in front of the SUV.

The other biker then ‘informed’ the car occupants of an oil leak in their vehicle.

The three occupants alighted from the car to check and opened the bonnet. Taking advantage of the distracted victims, the accused opened the back door of the SUV, took the cash bag from the seat and scooted away.

When Malik and his men got back into the vehicle, they noticed the missing bag and raised an alarm.

Police reached the spot and a case was registered against unidentified people at the Sarangpur police station under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code. The police said only one of the accused was wearing a helmet. “The victims left their car unguarded when told about the leakage. Within seconds, the cash bag was gone,” said deputy superintendent of police, central, Ram Gopal.

Last such crime reported in Jan

In January, the police had arrested three members of a gang that used the same modus operandi.

They were bailed out.

The police suspect the same gang is at work. They used to whisk away valuables from cars at traffic signals by distracting the occupants with either a flat tyre or ‘possible oil spill’. More often than not, they succeeded.

First Published: Jun 10, 2017 16:09 IST