Four men and a minor boy were arrested by the Nallasopara police last week for alleged involvement in a series of chain-snatching incidents and thefts in the area. A 22-year-old man from Garib Nagar in Bandra East was held after being identified as a suspect in three chain-snatching cases. The police said three gold necklaces valued at Rs 89,000 were recovered from his possession, apart from a motorbike he used to commit the crimes.
The arrest led the police to a 26-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth from Vasai who were suspected in several cases of theft of two-wheelers. Raj Tilak Roushan, Additional Superintendent of Police, Palgahar, said that after the accused were caught last week, two stolen motorbikes were recovered while investigations are under way to locate other stolen vehicles. “The accused have been committing thefts in the district for the past few months. After the number of cases began increasing, a team was formed at Nallasopara police station to find the thieves,” he said.
Roushan added that last week, the police also arrested two 19-year-old youths from Nallasopara and Bandra East, who were suspected to be involved in a number of thefts in Nallasopara homes. “The accused conducted reccees to identify locked houses and then visited later to break locks on the front doors to enter,” he said.
So far, the police have recovered goods worth Rs 51,000 stolen from three homes. Roushan said the three groups had been operating independently in Nallasopara for several months. “All the cases detected are from this year. We have significantly improved our detection,” he said. He added that in the past few months, the police had used a combination of CCTV footage collected from the site of offences and information from informers in order to identify the accused. “During our investigation, we had studied which areas the chain-snatchers had been targeting and what time they would frequent those places,” he said.
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