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This man picks bike locks; but only during a ride

This man picks bike locks; but only during a ride

New Delhi: Beware! if you are keeping any valuable items in the storage box of motorcycles, then you might be in trouble as criminals are now able to steal these from running bikes. The motorcycle rider will only notice the missing items after reaching his destination. Police have now arrested one person, specialising in such daredevil crimes, from Bara Hindu Rao locality in North Delhi.

DCP (North) Monika Bharadwaj confirmed the incident and said that, while the probe is on, they have been able to identify the accused as Chintu, a native of Bihar. His modus operandi was unique as he, with the help of small precision tools, broke open the locks of storage boxes of running motorcycles. "After taking out the valuables from the box Chintu hands over the stolen items to his associates and flees the spot," said an officer.

The team formed under SHO (Bara Hindu Rao) Sanjay Kumar arrested the accused after he was found to be loitering suspiciously in the area. Police claimed that Chintu, during interrogation, confessed that he learnt the trade from the elders in his village. He had purportedly committed more than a dozen such thefts.

Revealing details about Chintu's modus operandi, the police said that before coming to the city, he would prepare a fake identity card from a different state. With the help of this forged identity card, he would then purchase a second-hand bike to start his crime spree. "He had planned that if police caught him during checking he would show the vehicle documents and the fake ID card," one officer said. The accused later took rooms in hotels close to industrial areas or markets. He would conduct detailed reccee during the day and then Chintu and his associates would steal after having zeroed-in on their target.

"The accused parked his vehicles in parking areas and fled the city. The gang , in some incidents, also punctures the tyres before committing the crime," added an investigator.

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