Interstate auto thieves arrested, 8 cars seized


Hyderabad: Police at Malkajgiri Central Police Station, as well as Nacharam police, arrested two people, allegedly interstate auto thieves, and recovered eight cars, worth a total of Rs 50 lakh on Saturday.

Those arrested were identified as Imran Khan Pathan, a driver from HB Colony in Kushaiguda and from Maharashtra, and Santhosh Jagannath Pawar, an auto service agent from Kolhapur in Maharashtra. The two, along with six others, all from Maharashtra, are said to be auto theft professionals and allegedly involved in cases in Rachakonda and Cyberabad.

Police said they identified the cars to be stolen and deactivated the vehicle’s alarm system before opening it with a duplicate key.

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“They drive him to a secluded place, where they further fix a duplicate license plate and drive him to Maharashtra. They also alter the engine and the chassis number, ”said G Sudheer Babu, additional police commissioner, Rachakonda.

The preliminary investigation found that the gang had stolen nearly 50 cars across the country. Efforts are underway to identify and catch fleeing gang members.

Following reported cases in Nacharam and Malkajgiri, CCS police and Nacharam police worked together on clues and, using CCTV footage from nearby crime scenes, identified and caught them.


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