Delhi: 14 thieves of family arrested for thefts in Metros
Delhi Police have arrested a gang of 14 thieves that stole mobile phones from Metro commuters; they were caught in a park in north Delhi's Sabzi Mandi. They belonged to a large extended family hailing from a village near Agra. DCP (Metro) Pankaj Kumar Singh said the group comprising only men would steal around 20-25 phones in a day from the passengers. Know more!
New Delhi Metro station police received information about a mobile phone theft; the cops quickly caught the thief, 24-year-old Bachchan Singh, from the station premises. Singh later led police to his associates who were taking a break in a park in Sabzi Mandi. When Kashmere Gate Metro police raided the park, they found the other 13 thieves, who were plotting their next move.
Police said two-three members of the family visited Delhi about two months ago and found the mad rush in the Metro trains offered good scope for stealing phones from passengers. The family would travel together from their village to Kashmere Gate in a bus once every fortnight. They would split into two teams and purchase Metro tokens and start searching for easy targets.
A police investigator said: "Their modus operandi involves two of them surrounding the victim while the others stand in a queue. As one person distracts the victim, the other steals his mobile phone and passes on to the next member."