Pune: Officials from Hadapsar police station seized 56 stolen two-wheelers in January from nine persons. Most of the recoveries were made from thieves in neighbouring Ahmednagar district and rural areas of Pune district.
In 2017, 300 vehicle theft cases were registered in Hadapsar and 83 were recovered. The teams have been visiting villages and weekly bazaars to spot criminals selling stolen vehicles. Some policemen memorised vehicle series numbers, besides using mobile apps which give details of vehicles on entering registration number.
In one case, policeman Amit Kamble of Hadapsar police station lodged an FIR with Walchandnagar police station, under Pune rural police, after a man was found using registration number of a Scooty (his son’s) on his motorcycle.
Police Inspector Anjum Bagwan said, “The thieves used four modus operandi to steal the bikes. They are using duplicate keys, breaking locks and pulling ignition wire for stealing vehicles. In several cases, people left keys in the bikes, which were stolen later. Also, a particular type of motorcycle is being targeted, because it has a poor locking system.”
The police said Wanawadi division, which includes Hadapsar, Kondhwa and Wanawadi police stations, recovered 102 stolen vehicles in January.
“Several teams were sent to search stolen vehicles. The number of recovered vehicles is set to increase,” said DCP (Zone 4) Deepak Sakore. ACP (Wanawadi division) Milind Patil and Senior Police Inspector Vishnu Pawar of Hadapsar police station are supervising the investigation, which includes PSI Mangesh Bhange, Vijay Zanjad and policemen Nitin Mundhe, Pratap Gaikwad, Vinod Shivale, Akbar Shaikh, Anil Kusalkar, Bajrang Dhaygude, Sable, Yeole.