Delhi: Chain snatchers use three vehicles to dodge police; held in 24 hours

Delhi Police nabbed a gang of chain snatchers whose unique modus operandi involved using three vehicles to dodge checking pickets. Two accused used to come on a bike, snatch chain of their prey and take an autorcikshaw after parking their bikes at a public parking area. They would take the autorickshaw to their accomplice who would be waiting in a car to help them flee from pickets where two-wheelers were being checked.

A New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) employee was robbed of his gold chain on Saturday in Doctor’s Lane, Gole Market in Delhi while he was speaking on the phone. In his complaint to the police, he informed that the two accused were around 25 years of age, wearing black T-shirts and the one driving the bike had long hair.

Upon investigating CCTV footage in the area, the police found that the two snatchers got off from a silver Mahindra KUV 100 with helmets and hired an autorickshaw. After a couple of minutes, the footage showed the two accused speeding in a motorcycle towards the Gole market roundabout. The complainant confirmed the identity of the bike-borne accused through the CCTV footage.

Based on this clue, the police identified the silver car which was used by the chain snatchers and intercepted it on one checking point on the RK Ashram Road near Gole Market. Three people were found travelling in the car and two of them matched the complainant’s description. They were nabbed by the police and identified as Akash, Akshay (chain snatchers) and Sonu (accomplice and driver of the car). The snatched gold chain, car and the bike used in the crime has been recovered by the police.

The trio revealed that they used the car to move around the city and search for their potential targets. They kept their motorcycle parked in public parking areas and would take them once they zeroed-in on their target.

On July 25, they had noticed the complainant talking on phone near Doctor’s Lane. Akash and Akshay left the car with the helmets and hired an autorickshaw to reached RML Hospital where they had parked their motorcycle. Meanwhile, Sonu remained in the car to keep a watch on the target and kept informing Akash and Akshay about it. Thereafter, the duo came on motorcycle and snatched the gold chain and fled away. They parked their motorcycle near LNJP Hospital from where they were picked up by Sonu in the car. Since the police had information of a crime committed by a bike, they would escape checking of two-wheelers through the car.