Mumbai : In a major breakthrough, the Sion police have arrested two people who allegedly committed more than half a dozen chain-snatchings and robberies in the city.

The accused are identified as Murgesh Velu Devendra alias Anna (45), resident of Antop Hill, and Jibishar Ajay Raaba (19) hailing from Navgaon in Assam. Their modus operandi involved stealing two-wheelers from parking lots in malls and street corners and using these to visit desolate streets, where they would target unaccompanied women and snatch their chains.

“Sometimes they would threaten people with a revolver and ob them,” said YC Gorde, senior inspector, Sion police station.

The police arrested the two on November 11 following a tip-off that they were hiding in Ambivli, Thane.

“They have a total of seven offences registered against them in police stations spanning the city including Malad, Dahisar, VB Nagar, Dadar, Antop Hill and Matunga,” said Gorde.

In March this year, the duo stole a two-wheeler from the railway parking lot in Sanpada in Navi Mumbai and used the same to snatch the chain of a woman in Sion area. They also threatened an old woman in Sion. “They would steal bikes, change the number plates and use them for the robbery,” a senior officer said.

After the arrest, the police have found that Murgesh’s two sons are also chain-snatchers wanted for various offences. “Both his sons are currently lodged in jail,” the officer said.

The police have recovered two motorcycles worth Rs 50,000 and one 9mm revolver from the duo.

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