Gang of car lifters busted, 8 held in Noida | Noida News

NOIDA: With the arrest of eight suspects, the Noida Police on Friday said they have busted a key gang involved in the theft of cars in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).
The police recovered 10 stolen vehicles, including Toyota Fortuners and Hyundai Cretas, which had been pilfered from various locations, including Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Gurugram.
Authorities suspect that this gang has been responsible for hundreds of car thefts across Delhi NCR over the years. The stolen vehicles were allegedly sold in states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh.
DCP (Noida) Harish Chander addressed the media, explaining the elaborate network involved in car theft, from those breaking into and stealing the vehicles to individuals responsible for altering chassis numbers and forging documents, as well as the ultimate buyers of the stolen cars.
“In total, eight individuals have been apprehended in connection with this case, and we have recovered 10 stolen cars from Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, and Gurugram,” said Chander, accompanied by Additional DCP Shakti Mohan Avasthy, ACP 1 Rajneesh Verma, and ACP 2 Sushil Kumar.
The breakthrough in the case resulted from the joint efforts of officials from Sector 20 and Phase 1 police stations, who acted upon information they had received about the gang’s activities.
ACP Verma revealed that some of the stolen cars had their identification numbers altered, and a few were nearly brand new without any license plates.
According to the police, after stealing the vehicles, the gang transported them to Meerut and concealed them for a period to avoid detection.
“In Meerut, they employed a technique they referred to as ‘thanda karna’ (cooling down), which involved altering the chassis number, falsifying documents, removing any GPS trackers or other tracking devices from the cars,” Verma explained.
The arrested individuals were identified as gang leader Saqib alias Daddu, Mohd Imran, Monu alias Jamshed, Mohd Farman, Rashid alias Kaala, Mohd Sahibzada, Rohit Mittal, and Ranjeet Singh. Mittal and Singh, both residents of Punjab, were identified as purchasers of stolen vehicles, while the others were from Meerut and allegedly involved in theft.
An FIR has been registered against the accused, and further legal proceedings are underway, as confirmed by the police.
(With inputs from PTI)

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