Gang of seven stole luxury cars, refurbished them
New Delhi: The Crime Branch of Delhi Police has busted an interstate gang involved in stealing vehicles from areas of Delhi-NCR and disposing them off across various states.
The seven arrested accused were identified as Sariq Sata, Furkan Sheikh, Safruddin, Sageer Ahmed, Sikender, Sariq and Furkan Sheikh.
A press statement by Delhi Police on Monday said that over 500 cases of vehicle theft have been worked out with the arrest of the accused and investigation is under process
It added that a reward of Rs one lakh by Delhi Police and Rs 20,000 by Sambhal Police had been declared for Sariq Sata's arrest.
Explaining the modus operandi, cops said that the gang first used to purchase cars that had been labelled 'total loss vehicles' by insurance companies from scrap dealers.
Subsequently, they would scout for and locate cars of the same make and colour, and steal them.
"While the total loss vehicle was disposed off, the documents of that vehicle are retained. Next, the gang targetted vehicles of the same make and color and steal them," said Ajit Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).
He further said that after obtaining the stolen car, a team of expert forgers would obliterate the engine number and chasis number originally inscribed on it, and replace it with those on the total loss vehicle.
Thus, the stolen vehicle would get a new identity and would later be sold.
Cops said that during interrogation, the accused disclosed that Sariq Sata is the kingpin of the gang and, since 2012, he and associates have been stealing luxury cars from parts of Delhi-NCR.
"On the instance of accused persons, 32 stolen luxury cars were recovered from Delhi-NCR, Muradabad (UP), Kashipur (Uttarakhand), Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Mira Road in Mumbai, Kohlapur (Maharastra), Bengaluru and Punjab. Further recoveries of stolen cars is also expected," police said.