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The Pune police have arrested a youth who was allegedly stealing cell phones from houses in Ganj Peth, Gurwar Peth, Ghorpade Peth and Lohiya Nagar areas. The suspect has been identified as Riyaz Shakir Shaikh, 20, a resident of Lohiya Nagar. Acting on a tip-off to Constable Imran Nadaf, a team from Khadak police station — led by Sub-Inspectors Sanjay Gaikwad and Ananta Vyavhare — laid a trap and nabbed Riyaz near Shridatta Hotel behind Ghorpade Udyan.
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Probe revealed that Riyaz was stealing cell phones from houses in broad daylight. So far, 20 cell phones, worth Rs 2.21 lakh, have been recovered from his possession on Tuesday. Probe into the case initiated after a complaint of cell phone theft was lodged by Tushar Ashok Galinde, 30, of Gurwar Peth, said the police.
According to the complaint, Galinde had left his cell phone for charging before going to sleep at his residence in Giridhar Samruddhi building on October 25 when someone entered the house and stole it. Police said that cell phones of two more persons in the same area were stolen between 3.45 pm and 6 pm on the same day.
Galinde had lodged the first information report in the case at the Khadak police station. A magistrate court has remanded Riyaz to police custody for two days for further investigation.