Pune: Sleuths from Crime Branch unit III of Pune city police have recovered 18 stolen smartphones from a 19-year-old youth who used to steal them from passengers at Swargate bus stands and Pune railway station.
The arrested accused, Ganesh Baburao Parge, a resident of Ghonsi village in Latur district, was earlier arrested in 2013 for stealing eight bicycles in Latur.
On Tuesday, a team led by Police Inspector Sitaram More took him into custody when he arrived at Swargate ST stand to sell the stolen mobile phones including iPhones.
“Parge was frisked and our team found seven phones in his possession. Further interrogation led to the recovery of 11 more smartphones,” DCP (crime) Pankaj Dahane said.
Inspector More added, “Investigation has revealed that Parge had stolen six phones of commuters at Swargate ST stand, four at the Pune railway station and one at Dadar railway station in the last three months. We are now trying to find out owners of the remaining stolen phones.“
According to police, Parge used to target commuters in crowded places and steal the cell phones from their pockets whenever he came to Pune to meet his sister. Officials said that Parge, who has studied till class IX, was neglected by his father and step-mother. He committed thefts to sustain his livelihood. After stealing phones, he used to sell them in his village and other places at cheaper rates.
ACP (crime) Suresh Bhosale guided the investigation team, which included Assistant Police Inspector Ravindra Babar and policemen Ashok Bhosale, Stevan Sundaram, Raju Rasge, Rohidas Lawande, Gunshilan Rangam, Anil Ghatge, Gajanan Ganbote, Shivanand Swami, Atul Sathe, Sandip Rathod, Sandip Talekar, Kalpesh Bansode, Sudhir Sonawane and Sujit Pawar.