The cops have recovered as many as 18 SUVs from 2 car thieves in Chandigarh. There were 8 Toyota Fortuner, 3 Toyota Innova Crysta, 5 Hyundai Creta and 2 Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The aforementioned list of cars that were recovered seems to be the favourite amongst robbers, the reason being their high demand in the used market, as well as the good resale value that can be recovered by selling them.
Chandigarh Police have arrested two people and have seized 18 vehicles worth Rs 3 crore from them. The duo was working from Chandigarh to sell stolen vehicles from all over India. The cops have claimed that all the vehicles are worth Rs 3 crore in total.
Two arrests have been made so far. The first person to be held was Ramesh, 39, who was nabbed at a police blockade which was set up following a tip-off. Ramesh was heading from Kalibari Light Point towards Tribune Chowk in a stolen Hyundai Creta. After the police officers checked the details such as chassis number of the car, they found out that the vehicle has fake chassis number and even the engine number was altered.
After being interrogated, Ramesh led the cops to his partner in crime, Amit Kumar alias Sabhu. Amit has also previously been booked for a cheating case registered against him in Chandigarh, dated December 2011, along with two other extortion cases in Delhi and Fatehabad.
Both of them worked together to buy SUVs from the thieves in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. These two then used to alter the chassis number and the engine number, and would then prepare fake documents supporting the stolen cars, and get them registered from different RTOs in Haryana. After having them registered, they would then sell off the vehicles in the used car market to unwary buyers in the states of Punjab, Haryana, UP or Rajasthan.
A case under Sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property); 467 (forgery of valuable security, will); 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating); 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record; 473 (making or possessing counterfeit seal); 474 (having possession of forged document); 489 (tampering with property mark); 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property); 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence); and 120 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment) has been registered against the two.
See video below: Parking lot full of STOLEN Fortuners, Innovas & Cretas
Carjacking is not uncommon in India and most of the times, thieves use a similar technique that ensures that the cars cannot be traced back to the original owners ever. The thieves also dismantle the vehicles and sell the parts separately, which again ensures that the cars cannot be traced back ever. Even with modern anti-theft devices like engine immobilizer, carjackers can easily get into the vehicles with the help of modern-age devices or help from the service center to get duplicate keys. It just means that ensuring that a car never gets lost needs additional security system.
While the thieves work around the car’s security device, the owners should install a GPS-based tracking device in their vehicles. Most of these devices remain hidden and they are very useful during a car theft. Such devices send updates to the owner whenever the car starts and the owner can even live track the vehicles. Also, the owner has the power to disable the vehicle remotely, which will trap the thieves. In another way, such devices can be set to turn off the engine of the car when it leaves a certain region, which automatically shuts off the engine. These devices are not very expensive but are extremely helpful during the car thefts.