TNN | Aug 15, 2016, 01.46 AM IST

Highlights

  1. Meet Sachin and Naseeruddin, one a final-year BTech student at a well-known Delhi University college and the other a CA aspirant.
  2. Both were arrested on Saturday night for committing sensational snatchings across east and central Delhi.
  3. Police said the two had taken to crime to fund their hobby of collecting high-end mobile phones and learned various tricks from Hollywood films to avoid being caught.

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NEW DELHI: This duo would leave home on the pretext of attending tuition classes but would hone their skills in a completely different field. Meet Sachin and Naseeruddin, one a final-year BTech student at a well-known Delhi University college and the other a CA aspirant. Both were arrested on Saturday night for committing sensational snatchings across east and central Delhi.

Police said the two had taken to crime to fund their hobby of collecting high-end mobile phones and learned various tricks from Hollywood films to avoid being caught. Cops suspect the two might be involved in the recent snatchings at ITO. The stolen goods were sold to an anonymous WhatsApp contact, who quoted a price after looking at the uploaded pictures.

The youths were arrested after they had stopped ahead of a barricade near Vikas Marg and tried to run away on seeing the cops. “The policemen managed to chase them down and recover four stolen mobile phones,” said DCP east, Rishi Pal.

During interrogations, the two said they usually left home for “tuitions” and stole a scooter, which they used for snatchings.

The two had an accomplice, Vivek, who managed to flee. He rode his own scooter and identified targets for the other two.

Once they managed to snatch or rob the mobile phones from the victims, they would drive away in opposite directions, police said. If they were caught by the victim or the public, Vivek would intervene and offer to resolve the matter. He would pose as a local tough and thrash the other two in front of the public to teach them a lesson and take them away.

Police say Vivek had got in touch with a buyer of stolen goods on Whatsapp. Sachin claimed that none of them had ever met the buyer. They would simply upload pictures of their catch — usually mobile phones or gold chains. A price would be negotiated after which they would be asked to reach a desolate spot in east Delhi and meet a person who would hand them over the money. They said this person’s face was usually hidden.

During interrogation, Naseeruddin and Sachin claimed that Vivek too was pursuing his graduation and was in his second year at college.

When the youths’ parents were informed about their arrest, cops had to face protests in the localities where the two lived. The youths later confessed to their crimes before them.

Police say three cases of snatching and robbery in east Delhi have been solved with the arrest so far. They are probing whether the trio was also involved in snatchings at ITO and around the police headquarters. The mobile phone they were using have also been seized to find out the location of Vivek and the buyer.

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