Indore : City police claimed to have busted a gang of vehicle thieves with the arrest of four persons, including a juvenile. As many as 21 stolen motorcycles were recovered from their possession, one of the major hauls of stolen merchandise in recent times. All four accused hail from Dhar and belong to tribal community and came to the city to study.
According to OP Tripathi SP (East), MIG police received a tip-off that four youths riding on two motorcycles were parked at Mahakal Juice Centre and were trying to sell the vehicles at throw away prices.
Acting on the tip-off, a police team, specially engaged in tracking down vehicle thieves, cordoned off the area and detained the four youths. One of the motorcycles did not have registration number and when the police team demanded documents, the youths could not produce them.
All four were brought to the police station and interrogated. During interrogation, the youths broke down and admitted to stealing two motorcycles from the IPS College and Tower Square some time ago. All the four accused are from Dhar district and were identified as Jaspal Mori (19), a resident of village Barkhela; Sunil Mandaloi (18), a resident of village Jogadi; Mukund Kharat (20), a resident of village Kanedi and a juvenile, a resident of village Longsori.
The two motorcycles were seized and the accused were booked under Section 41(1-4) 102 of CrPC and Section 379 of the IPC. Later, based on the information provided by the accused, the police recovered 21 stolen motorcycles parked at various locations in the city and their native villages.
The vehicles were stolen from MIG, Bhawarkuwa, Rajendra Nagar, Juni Indore, Sanyogitaganj, Chandan Nagar, Khajrana, Chataripura and Choti Gwaltoli Police Circles. The accused broke the locks of the motorcycles rather than to pry open the locks. They stole the vehicles to fund their lavish lifestyle of the city to which they had become accustomed to.