The Government Railway Police raided a second hand electronic goods store in Kandivali and recovered 10 stolen mobile phones, most of which were snatched from commuters waiting at Borivali railway station.
According to the GRP sources, the racket came to light when one of the stolen mobile phones was traced to a person who claimed to have purchased it from Vijaylaxmi Telecom in Kandivali. While police have arrested an employee of the store, they are on the lookout for its owner, Ganesh Kawander, and one of the thieves, identified as Rajkumar.“We had received a complaint of a mobile phone, Oneplus 3T, being stolen from a passenger few weeks ago. Following this, we put out a cyber alert for the phone based on its IMEI number. A fortnight later, we received info that the phone is active and in use,” said a senior GRP officer.
Once the cops received the phone number of the new owner, identified as Subham Singh, they placed him a call only to be told that he purchased the phone from the store.
“I paid Rs 12,000 for the phone. They told me to collect the bill later claiming they were yet to get the bill due to some mailing error,” Singh told Mirror.
Based on a statement from Subham, GRP raided Vijaylaxmi Telecom on Monday and seized a total of 10 handsets. While six of the mobile phones were identified as stolen from Borivali station – based on theft complaints lodged with the GRP office there – cops are trying to trace the owners of the remaining four phones.
The officers have arrested an employee Suresh Prajapati, 22, who admitted to purchasing the stolen mobile phones from Rajkumar based on Kawander’s instruction.
“We believe Kawander has already fled to his hometown in Tamil Nadu. Investigations are on,” said Shailendra Dhivar, senior police inspector of Borivali GRP.
A complaint under section 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the India Penal Code has been registered against Prajapti.