The Criminal Branch Unit – Zone II attached to the Mira Bhayandar-Vasai Virar Police Station (MBVV) dismantled a notorious gang involved in the theft of mobiles from the pockets of biker shirts traveling on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway . Police also recovered 10 cell phones and seized three bicycles that were used in the crime.
Alarmed by the sudden increase in cases of snatching in the region, the criminal branch team led by Police Inspector Shahuraj Ranawre under the supervision of DCP (Crime) Dr Mahesh Patil activated their network. informants and gathered information on storytellers involved in crimes using a similar modus operandi.
Acting on a whistleblower, the team focused on defendants identified as Abdul Mufeed Khan (33), Harshad Ali Syed (24), Kamrudding Qureshi (23), Adnan Shaikh (20) and Arbaj Iliyaz Ansari (21 years old).
However, one of their accomplices is still at large, police said.
In addition to targeting pedestrians busy talking on the phone, gang members watched for bikers who kept their cell phones in their shirt pocket for easy access, then rode parallel to the motorcyclist for a while before snatching their phones from them. and walk away. , police said.
Not ruling out the gang’s involvement in other cases, an official said: “Investigations so far have revealed their involvement in eight cases of snatching committed by the gang in the jurisdiction of the gang. Valiv police station in Vasai in the past two months. .
A case under section 392 has been registered against the accused who have been remanded in custody. Other investigations are in progress.