Six persons have been arrested by the South Delhi Police for their alleged involvement in over a hundred cases of snatching and robbery in the Capital and its neighbouring areas. Over 130 stolen mobile phones and wrist watches have allegedly been recovered.
The gang would usually strike near Malviya Nagar and Saket metro stations between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. when police presence is thin. The accused would ride scooters while committing the crime.
In the wake of spate of incidents of snatching and robbery near metro stations in South Delhi, the team found that two of the accused had sustained injuries during a snatching in neighbouring Gurgaon on February 6 and were admitted to a hospital in Ghaziabad. The police mounted a raid following the tip-off and arrested Gulfam (22), Arif (24), Imran (25) and Nissar (29) on February 7.
A car, three scooters and two loaded country-made pistols were allegedly seized.
Two receivers of stolen property, Yusuf and Liyakat, were arrested later at their instance. Both are residents of Delhi.
During interrogation, the four purportedly told the police that they would start from their native village in Sahibabad early in the morning and reach Delhi around 7 a.m.. They would commit a couple of snatchings and robberies in a couple of hours and return home. They usually kept their scooters at metro stations parking lots on their way back home and travelled by metro train to avoid being caught.
They would dispose of the stolen property the same day and spend the ill-gotten money lavishly on their girl friends. The police said the accused planned to gift diamond jewellery to their girl friends on Valentine's Day.