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‘Innocent-looking’ boys held for theft of phones

MUMBAI: Two underage boys caught by the railway police at Wadala on Friday have admitted to stealing six high-end cell phones from railway commuters within the span of one month. The duo advised the police that that they had been skilled by their ‘ustaad’ who died a couple of years ago after which they have been working on their own.

The boys aged 12 and 16 and are cousins. The more youthful kid lives in Kalyan together with his folks whilst the older one resides at Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. The boys led the police to a dealer in Govandi who used to buy the stolen telephones from them.

“We have recovered 5 of the six stolen cell phones. But of all the commuters who have been robbed, only one has lodged a grievance,” said a police officer. All six telephones have been stolen at Dadar station at the Central line. The boys would board normal compartments, mix with the crowd after which thieve cell phones from baggage or pick them from commuters’ trouser wallet. Their “innocent” looks helped as none of the commuters suspected the involvement of the 2 boys, said an professional.

“The older boy would thieve telephones and pass them to the younger one for safekeeping,” said senior inspector Rajendra Pal. He added that the lads had dropped out of college early. “We spotted them moving around suspiciously on trains and detained them for a search. A high-end telephone used to be found on them and they admitted it used to be stolen,” said Pal. The boys might be sent to the observation home in Dongri.

In some other case, the railway police at Borivli held two minors for cellular phone theft three weeks ago. The boys, aged between 7 and 12 , advised the police that they would spend the money on fast meals. One of the lads used to be caught for theft soon after his unencumber from the observation home, the police said.

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