Pune: Police arrest man who stole bike to travel to Ahmednagar amid lockdown to meet mother

Salil Urunkar
Friday, 17 July 2020

Crime branch sleuths have arrested a 29-year-old man who stole the bike to travel to meet his mother amid the COVID-19 lockdown

Pune: Crime branch sleuths have arrested a 29-year-old man on charges of bike theft. Primary interrogation has revealed that he stole the bike to travel to Ahmednagar during the lockdown period to meet his mother.

The suspect has been identified as Siddharth Santosh Pardeshi (29), a resident of Mangalwar Peth in Pune. He was nabbed from Camp area on July 15 by a team of policemen from Unit 4 of the Crime Branch of Pune police.

Assistant Police Sub-Inspector Abdul Karim Sayyad and Police Naik Surendra Sable received a tipoff on July 15 that a man named Siddharth Pardeshi is standing near Azam Campus at the Unani hospital parking and trying to sell off two bikes.

On instructions of Police Inspector Anjum Bagwan, ASI Sayyad along with Sable, Bhalchandra Borkar, Ganesh Salunke Shankar Patil and Suhas Kadam laid a trap and approached Pardeshi posing as customers. When Pardeshi could not furnish original documents of the bike, police nabbed him and started interrogating him.

Pardeshi revealed during the interrogation that he is originally from Ahmednagar district and his mother stays there. He wanted to travel to meet his mother during lockdown, but there was no public transport service available. So he decided to steal a bike. On July 5, Pardeshi identified a black colour activa bike parked outside the Aurora Towers in Camp area. He used a duplicate key to start the bike and travelled to Nagar.

A few days later he returned to Pune and thought it was easy to steal bikes and sell them off. So he stole another bike using duplicate keys from Khadda market area on VP street in Camp on July 11.

Pardeshi has criminal antecedents with a case under the arms act registered against him at Faraskhana police station in 2015. He had a non-bailable warrant issued against him by a Judicial Magistrate (First Class) court in Pune.

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