Gang of women thieves busted in city, five held

Accused travelled from Nagpur, committed thefts, returned to dispose of items

A gang of five women, who shuttled between Maharashtra and the national capital to commit thefts, have been arrested by Sarojni Nagar police, they said on Tuesday.

The accused women were identified as Deepmala, Sarekha, Saroj, Chimna, and Babita. All are residents of Nagpur district in Maharashtra, the police said.

The police said that on March 17, Lata Rajora, a resident of East of Kailash, had gone to Sarojini Nagar Market for shopping. She was near Gate no. 2 of the market around 3.50 p.m., when four-five women came, stood beside her and surrounded her. Ms. Rajora thought they might have come for shopping but soon she found that they were not purchasing any item. After a while, when Ms. Rajora checked her bag, she found a smaller bag with ₹5,800 cash in it stolen.

“Ms. Rajora raised alarm and the police staff on patrolling duty in the market responded immediately. The police personnel scanned the CCTV footage of the market thoroughly and identified the women. The women were later arrested from the market,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West) Devender Arya.

Mr. Arya said that after the arrests, women police constables frisked the accused and recovered the stolen money from their possession. An FIR was lodged at Sarojini Nagar police station in the matter.

During interrogation, the accused said that they are a group of professional pickpockets who target customers in busy markets and take advantage of the crowd to escape.

Accused Deepmala was involved in a case of pickpocket earlier.

“The gang was involved in a similar case in Janakpuri. They used to travel from Nagpur and after committing a series of thefts would go back to dispose of valuables only to come back again,” said Mr. Arya.

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