Gang conducted over 200 thefts, say police

The police have arrested a seven-member gang from Maharashtra in connection with more than 200 cases of theft of gold jewellery from various States.

The arrested have been identified as Kambar Rahim Mirza, 26; Sakkir Yousuf Khan, 22; Nissar Dada Miya Shaeikh, 35; Abdul Majeed Makhbul Sheikh, 40; and Akbar Maqbul Sheik, 50, of Ahmed Nagar and Mohammed Anna Said, 23; and Gulam Ali Sardang Jafri, 28, of Kalyan.

The gang had committed thefts in various States including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Puducherry.

They used to dupe women by posing as police officers.

A team led by City Police Commissioner P. Prakash and Assistant Commissioner Hari Shankar nabbed the gang from Puzhakkal, near Thrissur, along with the vehicles used by them for thefts.

The police were investigating two cases of theft in the city involving persons posing as police officers. As similar thefts were reported from other States, the police travelled to Sreerampur in Maharashtra. The gang had been under the scanner of the shadow police for the last one month. The police arrested the members of the gang when they reached Thrissur on Tuesday night.

The gang had stolen 6.5 sovereigns of gold jewellery from Lakshmi of Patturaikkal, a doctor with a private hospital in the city, on October 8. They had also duped Pannakal Rosy of Kuriachira of five sovereigns of gold jewellery on October 11. Three such cases were reported from Ernakulam on October 9. The gang had stolen 28.5 sovereigns of jewellery in just two days from two districts. They had conducted more than 200 thefts in a year, according to the police.

On October 8, members of the gang introduced themselves as police officers from Delhi to Ms. Lakshmi. They told her that an instance of pick-pocketing had been reported in the area and asked her to remove her ornaments. They then gave her a piece of paper to wrap them. When Ms. Lakshmi reached home, she found plastic materials instead of the jewellery. Ms. Rosy was also duped in a similar manner.

In Tamil Nadu, the gang had conducted thefts in Madurai, Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli and Tirupur.