Investigation into the arrest of six mobile sellers, who allegedly purchased smartphones stolen from the cargo hub of Indira Gandhi International Airport, revealed that this area of the airport is where thieves have an easy time .
According to DCP (Airport) Dinesh Kumar Gupta, the data shows that seven cases of mobile theft were registered this year. “We have registered nine cases, including seven of mobile thefts, one theft case of six bags and one theft case of a laptop. All the incidents were reported from the cargo warehouse. After the arrest of the six persons, we have re-opened old case files and are probing the roles of the arrested,” said Gupta.
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Sources said the maximum items stolen after mobile phones, were memory cards, watches and other electronic items. “Police data also reveals that a total of 17 thefts were reported from the cargo unit in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, nine incidents of theft were reported from cargo. While five cases remain untraceable, trial is still pending in two cases while investigation is pending in another two. In 2013, eight cases of theft were registered. While the investigation is pending in six cases, two are still untraceable,” police sources added.
Sources explained the details of one such case — the theft of 30 high-end Samsung cellphones from the cargo unit, which was reported on May 11. Police said the cost of each phone was
Rs 50,000 and the total worth of the consignment was Rs 14 lakh.
Meanwhile, police on Tuesday conducted several raids in Rajasthan to nab the main conspirator in the phone theft, Narender. He works as a driver at the cargo terminal.
Police had also sent a notice to Flipkart on Monday, asking them to join the probe. “The arrests were made after police received a complaint from SVS Logistics that 600 of their 1,500 HTC phones, shipped from Hong Kong, were stolen on July 11… ” said Gupta. Police had recovered 209 of the 600 mobile phones.