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Gang sells stolen mobile phones after erasing IMEI numbers, get busted

The police typically use the IMEI number of cell phones to trace missing or stolen devices.

By: Express News Service | Bangalore |
June 17, 2014 9:06:59 pm

The Bangalore police have arrested four persons for allegedly purchasing stolen mobile phones and reselling them after changing the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers of the phones using a new commercially available software.

The four persons who have been arrested are Tannu Pasha (32), Haneef Seth (28), Shabaz (24), Ravi Prasad Punja (47), Udayakumar (23) and Mohammed Hasib (24).

The police typically use the IMEI number of cell phones to trace missing or stolen devices. But a group of people were using a new commercially available software called Pendra to erase the IMEI number and fix a new number to sell the stolen phones again, police commissioner Raghavendra H Auradkar said here on Tuesday.

“Our police team headed by sub-inspector P B Kiran gathered information about the gang and managed to nab them. “We have seized 66 mobile handsets, four computers and four boxes of Pendra software,” Auradkar said.

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The Upparpet police have registered a case about the crime and arrested the accused persons.

The accused Ravi Prasad Punja and Mohammed Hasib are owners of mobile phone shops and the remaining four accused persons are employees in different mobile stores in the old city parts of Bangalore.

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