SUVs are much-sought-after vehicles during election time, and every political party in the country loves having them. Police sources say SUVs stolen from Mumbai were being used for campaigning in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
“With only a few months remaining for the Lok-Sabha and state polls, vehicle thieves are now on an overdrive. In the wee hours of Sunday, three people carjacked an SUV (Fortuner) from Andheri-Sahar Road after bundling the driver in backseat. He was on his way to pick up his employer from the airport. The thieves later dumped the driver in Bandra after stealing his phone and cash,” said a police officer.
In another case that took place a fortnight ago, an SUV was stolen from Bandra (west) and was being taken to UP, but fortunately the owner of the vehicle had left his iPad in the vehicle; and that helped the police track the vehicle.
Of the two SUVs that were stolen and have not been traced yet, one belongs to actor Abhay Deol, and the other is owned by former police commissioner DN Jadhav’s son-in-law.
Explaining the modus operandi, the officer said: “The thieves get the details (owner, address, etc) of SUVs from taxi drivers and people who work in garages. They are given a small percentage of the sale” said a police officer.
“In some cases, it has been found that the drivers of the stolen vehicles too are involved in the operation. They hand over the vehicle to the thieves outside the city and then lodge a complaint with the local police stating that their vehicle had been robbed,” said an officer.
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Explaining the modus operandi, a police officer said that the thieves get the details (owner, address, etc) of SUVs from taxi drivers and people who work in garages. They are given a small percentage of the deal. In some cases, it has been found that the drivers of the stolen vehicle are involved in the operation.