Crime Branch recovers 14 stolen bikes worth Rs 3.3L

ST CORRESPONDENT
Friday, 12 July 2019

"The accused used to sell the bikes to acquaintances saying he will give them bike documents later on. To win their confidence, he made up stories like his wife, daughter are ill and he needs the money,” said DCP (Crime) Shirish Sardeshpande.

PUNE: Officials of the Crime Branch Unit 2 of Pune city police have arrested a man and claimed to have recovered 14 stolen bikes from him. He had stolen a bike from near the Police Commissioner’s office also. 

The arrested accused has been identified as Santosh Ghare (33), a resident of Ozarde in Maval taluka. 

Acting on a tip-off received by Police Inspector Gajanan Pawar, a team nabbed Ghare near Sadhu Vaswani Chowk with a stolen vehicle. “During investigation, we recovered 14 bikes worth Rs 3.3 lakh from his possession. Our team is working on a few more leads, and the number of recovered bikes is expected to go up. The accused used to sell the bikes to acquaintances saying he will give them bike documents later on. To win their confidence, he made up stories like his wife, daughter are ill and he needs the money,” said DCP (Crime) Shirish Sardeshpande. 

ACP (Crime 1) Sameer Shaikh said, “The accused was earlier arrested in 2017 and 40 stolen bikes were seized from his possession. He was released on bail on May 10 this year and he had stolen these 14 bikes in the last two months. He works as a labourer. He would steal vehicles with the help of duplicate keys.” 

Inspector Pawar added, “A magistrate court has remanded the accused in police custody till July 14.”

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