THE CRIME Branch of the Pune City Police has arrested a man for his alleged involvement in at least 132 vehicle thefts. Police said, so far, they have recovered 64 two-wheelers from accused, identified as Santosh Shivram Ghare (33), a resident of Ozarde in Maval Taluka.
Acting on a tip-off to Assistant Sub-Inspector Rajkumar Tambe and Constable Prasad Jangalwad of the Crime Branch, a team led by Inspector Satish Nikam arrested Ghare in Hinjewadi area, while he was riding a motorcycle “suspiciously”. Cops claimed that Ghare was riding on a stolen bike. An offence of theft was registered against him at the Hinjewadi police station, an official said.
He added that investigation revealed that Ghare was involved in theft of at least 132 vehicles from different parts of the city. Police have recovered 64 two-wheelers of different makes from his possession. Further investigation is on.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Suresh Bhosale said Ghare was earlier arrested in 2003 in connection with six vehicle theft cases.
“He was currently working at construction sites. Whenever he needed money, he stole vehicles using duplicate keys. Probe also revealed that he sold the vehicles to his co-workers at the construction sites at prices as low as Rs 5,000 and Rs 7,500. He used to assure the buyers that he would give them documents in a few days, but would later move to another job,” Bhosale said.