The woman would steal the mobile phones from crowded places and the man would put up ads and also issue forged receipts for the stolen handsets

Mumbai : Crime Branch officials have arrested a couple for stealing high end phones and then selling them on popular online reselling portals. Officials said the woman would steal the mobile phones from crowded places and the man would put up advertisements and also issue forged receipts for the stolen handsets.

The incident came to light after a victim, lodged a complaint with the Santa Cruz police station about her stolen phone. The police successfully traced the phone to a new buyer. With this evidence, the police traced the phone back to the accused couple and arrested them.

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The arrested have been identified as Rajnish Sharma, 25 and his paramour Shraddha Sharma, 23. They lived at Kamothe in Navi Mumbai and carried out thefts in the western and eastern suburbs of the city.

“The woman would steal the phones and hand them over to Rajnish. He had made fake rubber stamps which would be used to make fake and forged bills. These would be used to authenticate the phones he sold to customers via online sites,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, deputy commissioner of police and Mumbai police spokesperson.

The police have been able to recover eight mobile phones and 65 SIM cards from their Kamothe apartment. He would use one SIM card only once a month to call the online portal and also to place an advertisement for the phone.

“He would use a SIM card to check the name that is saved on a caller identification application truecaller. He would use this name to identify himself with the portal executives and place the advertisement for selling his handsets as secondhand products,” informed an officer of Property Cell.

The police have also seized a laptop, rubber stamps that Rajnish used. He has been booked for theft and forgery along with relevant sections of the IT Act against them. They have been sent to police custody till February 17.

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