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Two gangs of auto-thieves busted, say police

Two gangs of auto-thieves busted, say police

ISLAMABAD: The special investigation unit of the capital police busted two gangs of carjackers who had allegedly stolen 28 vehicles during the last three months.

The police said two of the suspects used to deal in new and old cars separately.

The vehicles stolen from the federal capital were sold after tampering with their engine and chassis numbers at Darra Adamkhel.

“A group which used to deal in new cars (2010 and above Sedan) used to take stolen cars to Darra Adamkhel where around Rs50,000 were spent on tampering with the engine and chassis numbers as per documents available with agents in Darra,” he said.

After tampering, the cars were brought back to Punjab and sold for over Rs1.2 million each. The police received a tip-off that a 2011 model car stolen 25 days ago from the limits of Golra police had been brought back to Islamabad and was being sold in the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi police, he added.

The police formed a team which on the pretext of purchasing the car approached the seller and arrested him.

During the initial investigation, the suspect confirmed that the car was stolen from the federal capital.

On the basis of information provided by the arrested man, the police raided different areas in Peshawar and arrested two more members of the gang.

The official said the four-member gang, which was involved in stealing old and small vehicles, used to lift cars from the federal capital.

Later, one of their accomplices used to take the stolen car along with his wife and four-year-old child to Kohat. “After reaching in Kohat, the vehicles were sold for Rs30,000 to Rs50,000 each.”

He said though two gangs had been busted, there were still other auto-thieves active in the federal capital, the official added.

SP (investigation) Mohammad Ilyas told Dawn that the police had obtained the physical remand of the suspects to recover more vehicles and arrest their accomplices.

Moreover, the police arrested a man from Buner who was allegedly involved in a robbery at Tarnol on June 7, 2014. The SP said the suspect and his accomplices had purchased an excavator after selling the looted items which the police also recovered.

Published in Dawn, May 25th, 2015

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