In a curious case, police have seized goods valued more than four times higher than what was announced stolen by a shopkeeper. However, police say before handing over the stock to the complainant documents of ownership will be verified.
The Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) of Ahmedabad police have cracked the mobile theft case and arrested a gang of five. While the shopkeeper had filed a complaint of theft of only 290 mobiles worth Rs10.85 lakh, the police has seized 891 handsets worth Rs52.47 lakh.
Lilaram Asurani owns a mobile shop in Sahjanand complex on Relief road. According to him, thieves broke open the shutter of his shop and stole 290 Samsung mobile phones.
“After receiving specific information about the thieves trying to sell off the phones in the market, we raided the premises and seized 891 handsets. The accused were planning to sell the mobiles in other states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh after changing the IMEI number so that the police could not trace them,” said police inspector of DCB, SL Chowdhry.
Those arrested are Hukumsingh Devda, Bharat Rajpurohit, Ranjit Rajpurohit, Nagesh Chowdhry and Rajiv Goswami. “Devda is the mastermind of the gang who used to plan the house or shop break-in. As he was physically challenged, Ranjit was used as a front so that the police would not suspect the gang. When we raided the premises they were going to make off to Chennai to dispose the stock in the open market,” Chowdhry added. Meanwhile, police source said that the preliminary complaint of theft was registered only for 290 mobiles as at the time of filing of FIR the shopkeeper did not have bills and supporting documents for the entire stock. After the arrest, DCB has transferred the case and custody of the accused to Kalupur police station which will further investigate the matter.