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Cell phone theft racket busted

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The Railway police’s search for a cell phone stolen last month led them to uncover a racket, in which cell phones were regularly stolen aboard local trains and sold to a shop in Kandivali.

The police have recovered 10 stolen cell phones from the shop, and are searching for the thief and the shop owner.

Surat resident Nilesh Wani registered a complaint with the Borivali railway police on February 9 after his cell phone costing ₹30,000 was stolen while he was boarding a train from Borivali to Churchgate.

“We tracked the IMEI number of the device. On Sunday, it was switched on with a new SIM card inserted in it. We called the number and it was answered by one Shubham Singh (23),” said senior police inspector Shailandra Dhiwar.

Mr. Singh told the police he had bought the phone for ₹15,000 from a shop named Vijaylaxmi Telecom in Kandivali. The police questioned an employee at the shop, Dinesh Prajapati (22), who allegedly confessed that he, with full knowledge of the shop owner, regularly bought stolen phones and resold them.

“We raided the shop on Monday and recovered 10 cell phones, six of which were stolen from our jurisdiction in January. We have matched them with the descriptions given by the complainants,” Mr. Dhiwar said. Mr. Prajapati was arrested and has been remanded in police custody. The police are trying to trace the thief, Rajkumar (22), a Borivali resident, and shop owner Ganesh Kawander.

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