Two nabbed for tampering with IMEI numbers of stolen mobile phones
The Delhi Police have nabbed two persons with a huge haul of high-end mobile phones worth Rs 75 lakh. The accused had an expertise in changing the IMEI numbers and selling the phones getting tutorials from the Internet.
A gang of two used a technology to change the IMEI numbers of stolen mobile phones they bought from pickpockets. The accused Saifi runs a mobile repairing shop at Daryaganj. To make quick money, he started buying stolen high-end mobiles from the local gangs of pickpockets.
The arrested duo Saifi and his associate Waseem used Internet to get the know how to manipulate the IMEI numbers of the phones using a Flasher. “They have also rented a flat in old Delhi’s Chandni Mahal to use the Flasher ( IMEI tampering machine) to temper the IMEI numbers after getting tutorials from the Internet,” said DCP Central M S Randhawa.
The police received specific inputs that an IMEI number changing gang operated in the area and after local intelligence was gathered, the two were arrested by the Central district police. They use to sell them further to innocent customers at a much higher price without bills. They further disclosed that they used to purchase and sell stolen mobile phones at various places in old Delhi.
The police have seized 401 high-end mobile phones from their possession, four Flashers and one laptop.