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Man shuttled between Mumbai and Delhi to steal bikes

NEW DELHI: Hussain Arif used to come from Mumbai to visit Delhi, on the pretense of visiting Hazrat Nizamuddin.
The reality, however, was different, as Arif was a professional thief who used to steal bikes from south East Delhi.
His modus operandi was soon noticed by cops and the police team started to investigate cases with his signs and soon arrested him.
According to police, the arrest was made by the police team of Hazrat Nizamuddin police station, who recovered two bikes from the accused.
Revealing the modus operandi, one of the investigators told Millennium Post that the accused was a resident of Maharastra and used to visit Delhi on the pretense of being a devotee on his way to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah.
"His outfit was like a devotee, so that no one would guess what was his original motive was," said a police official.
The accused had told people that he was a regular visitor to the religious shrine in the national Capital.
Police sources stated that the accused used to visit Delhi after a regular interval, and at night he used to roam the streets of south east Delhi in search of motorcycles.
"So far, he has claimed that he was using the vehicles for his own use. But we are investigating several other angles," said police official.
After some complaints of theft started to come to the police station, a team of cops started to investigate the cases and found the involvement of the accused.
Police claimed that during his visit to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, he used to get friendly with other devotees so that no one can think about his motive and would have no reason to doubt his intentions.
Arif also used to change his place of accommodation every time.
"Sometimes, he used to live in a guest house, a hotel or rented accommodation, and would also spent several days in Delhi," said a police official.
Police are now scanning his record in Maharashtra to know whether he was involved in any other criminal activities. Police are also checking whether the accused had sold vehicles in other states too.
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