Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Strange are the styles of accused; Syed Khaleeq, 20, arrested by Charminar police on charge of stealing 19 motorcycles, has his own.

Soon after lifting a motorcycle, he would ride straight to a parking lot either at Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station or Nampally railway station and park the vehicle. "This he does, because the vehicle owner and police would actively search for the vehicle for the first two days," the Charminar ACP Shaik Sharfuddin told a press conference.

Two or three days later, Khaleeq would go back to the parking lot, take out the vehicle and sell it to two-wheeler brokers. Based on his confession, detectives recovered four motorcycles from MGBS, four more from receivers and one from his possession.

Hailing from Sabernagar in Mehdipatnam, the youngster studied up to intermediate. "With the money I gained through sale of stolen vehicles, I used to party with friends. From the beginning I wanted to lead a luxurious life," he told reporters.

Son a policeman, Khaleeq was arrested twice earlier -- in April and May last year -- by Narayanaguda police. After coming out from jail on bail, he allegedly lifted nine motorcycles. On a tip off, a police party led by Inspector P.R. Kosalram picked him up near Hotel Shadab.