Taxi driver held for helping gang steal SUVs, MUVs

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 16 Januari 2013 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The Ghatkopar police last week arrested a taxi driver for allegedly helping four men steal parked MUVs and SUVs out of the city.

In the last eight months, the vehicle-stealing gang from Pratapgadh, stole 20 vehicles ranging from Bolero, Tavera, Qualis and Sumo.

The police recovered a Qualis and a Tavera that the gang stole from Ghatkopar, from Dhulia and Aurangabad.

A team of police visited Pratapgadh but failed to nab the four accused who managed to give them a slip.

The gang used to sell the stolen vehicle in UP with fake documents at one-third their actual market price. The gang is known as "Server Gang" which is operated by a man called 'Server'.

The four gang members, who are on the run, hail from Pratapgadh in Uttar Pradesh and visits Mumbai every 10 days to steal vehicles. They befriended the taxi driver, Qureshi, who too hails from UP, during one of their visit to Mumbai.

"The gang travels to Mumbai by train under the pretext of Mumbai Darshan. They stay in the city for four days and leave for Pratapgadh in stolen MUVs or SUVs," said inspector Rajkumar Kothmire of the Ghatkopar police station.

Acting on a tip-off, the investigation team arrested taxi driver Wahid Ali Qureshi alias Hanuman (29) from Narayan Nagar locality in Ghatkopar (West). Through Qureshi, the police managed to locate the two recently stolen Qualis and Tavera. The gang is wanted by police stations at Dadar, Ghatkopar, Matunga, Navghar in Mulund (East) and Varai in Thane district. "The gang paid Rs 2,000 to Qureshi to take them on a round of the city to identify the parked MUVs and SUVs before they stole it," said Kothmire.

Explaining the modus operandi, Kothmire said, "The gang parks their taxi parallel to the vehicle they intend to steal. One of the gang members is a key maker who makes the key on the spot and leaves with the stolen vehicle. They operate between 2.30am and 5am when the police bandobast is less on the highway. They park the vehicle in such a way that no one gets suspicious."

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