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35 cases of stolen ancillary items of luxury cars registered in May

Gurugram: After a brief hiatus, gang of robbers stealing car tyres have resurfaced in the city with at least 35 fresh cases being reported from different areas of the city in the month of May.

According to the law enforcement officials, they were able to curb the rising incidents of tyre thefts in March this year with the arrest of five people who were allegedly stealing tyres, rims and other spare parts of cars parked at isolated stretches.

However, after a lull that lasted for over a month, such cases have once again started being reported, they said.

Most of the complaints have come from areas such as Sushant Lok 1; DLF Phase 2; Sector 49; Sector 15, Part 2; Golf Course Road and Sohna Road.

The police said such gangs usually targeted new tyres and cars of particular brands, such as Creta, Eco Sports, and Baleno that have a booming market. The police said selling tyres fetches good money as the gang members are paid well by those dealing in stolen spare parts.

According to the police, this gang of tyre thieves move around in four-wheelers and target high-end cars at midnight.

The modus operandi of robbers in these cases is to steal such items in bulk and then sell it off to car dealer at a good profit margin. Among the luxury cars that are targetted includes Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Volvo.

Sources in the police indicate that unlike a vehicle which the robbers find hard to sell, the ancillary items can be sold off easily as it has a higher demand in the market.

Significantly, 60 per cent of these stolen automobiles is not recovered by the District police. One of the major reasons for such a low rate of recovery is that these crimes are committed from gangs from Mewat and outside states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. "We have not been able to identify these gang members as they target cars in areas which are not covered under CCTV cameras," said Shamsher Singh, ACP (crime).

He also said that the local police have roped in specialised units. He has asked RWAs to ensure that security guards are active at night and keep a check on visitors.

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