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GPS in stolen van leads police to 80 vehicles


THANE: A stolen pick-up vehicles’s Global Positioning System (GPS) led the city police to bust a pan-India syndicate of car-lifters and detected as many as 105 circumstances of car-theft and seized just about 80 four-wheelers value Rs three.40 crore.

Perhaps, this is the first such case in the state wherein one of these giant racket has been busted in the fresh past. The gang ran an excessively systematic racket and operated in more than a few states Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajastan and the Nagaland from the north-east area and running the racket for nearly seven years, the police mentioned.

The police mentioned that the mastermind of the racket--Sandeep Lagu from Mumbai roped in other accused Sadique Mulla, Altaf Gokak, both from Belgaum, Karnataka, Vinit Madhiwal, resident of Mumbai, Mangilal Jhakad, Nagore, Rajastan, Ramprasad Inania, of Nagore, Rajastan, Javed aka Bablu Mukhtar Khan, Altaf Qureshi, and Mohmmad Yusuf Nayeem Khan, from Pratapgadh, Uttar Pradesh, mentioned Madhukar Pandey, the joint commissioner of police.

Pandey added all over their probe they might get main points of a complete of 176 four-wheeler thefts and their technical main points and thus far they've unearthed a complete of 105 robbery circumstances and recovered a complete of 80 vehicles from the arrested accused.

DS Swamy, the deputy commissioner of police (zone-1) mentioned that the police first won a complaint in December 2018 of the robbery of a Mahindra Bolero Pick up from the city’s Rabodi house. During the investigations, the police traced the jeep with the help of GPS to a godwon in Pune and seized it.

“The guy who purchased the vehicle was puzzled who led the police to track the chain of the accused. They used to get the demand of the four-wheeler accordingly the accused used to click on the pics, after they get the clearance from the consumer, they would then rob the cars,” Swamy mentioned.

After stealing the vehicle they took it to a godown in Pune, later they acquired a fake Registration Certificate (RC) ebook for the same from Nagaland and later modified the engine and chasis and offered it in Belgaum of Karnataka and Rajastan, Swamy added.

The accused Lagu got here in touch with the other accused in a robbery case registered in 2014 and roped in others.

The police had shaped a complete of five teams to trace the crowd individuals and in the end zeroed on them.


The accused had special liking and insist for Bolero pickup vehicles as they a complete of 69 Mahindra Pickup vehicles, 08 Mahindra Bolero SLX, one every Verna, Honda City, and Breeza was seized. These vehicles have been seized from Rajastan, Karnataka, Pune and Mumbai, mentioned Mahesh Jadhav, the investigation officer.


They had been being stored in the godown at Pune and later dispatched after adjustments to the other locations for sale.


Out of 105 circumstances robbery detected, 32 are from Thane city, 14 every from Navi Mumbai and Mumbai city, 12 from Palghar, 8 from Raigad, 6 every from Thane and Pune Rural, 4 every from Pune city, and Gujrat, three from PimpriChinchwad and one every from Nashik City and Ahmednagar the officer mentioned.




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