Pune: Chandan Nagar police have arrested a notorious criminal-on-police record who has been involved in vehicle theft cases since 1984 and has now recently completed a century of such offences.
The suspect has been identified as Raju Baburao Javalkar (55), a resident of Khanapur on Sinhagad Road. Chandan Nagar police have detected seven cases of thefts of truck, tempo and two-wheeler which were allegedly committed by Javalkar. The tempo was stolen from the jurisdiction of Chandan Nagar police station a few days back.
While looking for Javalkar’s movements in the CCTV footage, police personnel Tushar Bhiwarkar and Vikrant Saswadkar received a tip off that Jawalkar was headed towards Khed Shivapur toll plaza on Pune - Satara highway. A trap was laid and he was nabbed and later arrested.
After interrogation, Javalkar confessed to having committed seven cases of vehicle theft from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. Police Inspector Prakash Pasalkar, Assistant Police Inspector Gajanan Jadhav, Police Sub Inspector Sachin Jadhav, Constable Ajit Dhumal, Tushar Bhivarkar, Shrikant Shende, Subhash Awhad, Vikrant Saswadkar, Rahul Ingle, Sandeep Yelle and Atul Jadhav carried out the operation.
Javalkar used to steal mainly bikes, tempos and pickups. After the vehicle was stolen, Javalkar used to dismantle it and sell the different parts to scrap dealers. He used to erase the number on the engine in order to destroy any evidence. Javalkar has confessed to stealing four tempos from Chandan Nagar, Khadak and Warje areas and sold them to a scrap dealer named Dinesh Ramsingh Vasava (24), a resident of Gujarat. Police have seized the engine of these vehicles as evidence.
Shankar Khatke, Senior Police Inspector of Chandannagar Police Station said, “Javalkar has been involved in offences like theft and robbery since 1984. Police have successfully uncovered and exposed his role in about 95 crimes allegedly committed by him so far. He has been convicted of some of these crimes. Javalkar was released from prison the same day the lockdown began in the country in March month after the Covid-19 outbreak. As soon as the unlock phase started, Javalkar again started committing crimes.”