Mumbai Gang Stole Phones, Change IMEI Numbers | Bombay News

Mumbai: The city’s criminal branch has arrested four defendants and dismantled a large interstate gang that sold stolen phones, making them untraceable by changing their IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) numbers. IMEI is a unique 15-digit code that accurately identifies a device with a SIM card entry. It helps security agencies to track any mobile phone.
The gang sold the stolen phones to Bangladesh and Nepal. The four accused arrested are Sameer Shaikh, Mohammed Shamshad Shaikh, Mohsin Shaikh alias Micheal and Sunny Bhola Yadav. All were arrested for theft, cheating and forgery. Sameer, from Delhi, appears to be the mastermind of the operation, cops said. The other three are residents of Mira Road and Govandi.
DCP (Crime) Datta Nalawade said earlier this week, Unit 6 of the Criminal Branch was informed that a huge stack of stolen cell phones had been stored in a house in Govandi. There, cops found 248 stolen phones across the country, gadgets to change IMEI numbers, over Rs 1 lakh in cash, as well as foreign currency and a car worth a total of Rs 56 lakh. Rs, said Inspector Ravindra Salunkhe.
“The gang members were in contact with agents across the country who buy stolen cell phones from thieves at throwaway prices. The gang sold the phones to Bangladesh and Nepal after forging their IMEI numbers, ”DCP Nalawade said.

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