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7 of smartphone theft gang arrested in Odisha capital


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 23:

Commissionerate Police today arrested seven Jharkhand based robbers, including five juveniles, for being part of an organised crime gang that has looted smart phones worth lakhs of rupees from various police limits in the Odisha Capital.

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Police have seized 25 costly branded handsets from their possession. While seven members of the gang have been nabbed by the police, two more persons are still at large, commissionerate police sources said.

The most interesting fact about the gang members is that each individual used to get a salary as per their displayed skills and the output they showed in looting mobiles, informed Twin City Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr RP Sharma while briefing newsmen here today.

Sangram Nonia (25) of Babupur in Sahebganj in Jharkhand has been identified as the mastermind of the racket. He had employed the other eight persons in his gang to commit crimes in the city. His associate Suresh Nonia of Bardhaman district in West Bengal managed the group.

The accused loot mobile phones from crowded areas by picking the pockets of people who attend marriage parties organised in hotels and from couples thronging cinema halls in the city.

Members of the gang are paid on the basis of their ‘expertise’ and their age group. Surprisingly, the youngest one in the group, a 10-year-old kid is the highest paid member of the gang, who used to receive a remuneration of Rs 20,000 per month. Others juvenile members of the gang range between 11-15 years and are paid between Rs 8000-Rs 12,000.

Describing the modus operandi of the gang members, the Commissioner said the mastermind had employed minors in the loot since it was easy for them to fool people. They used to move from state to state to execute crimes and their network is spread across Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

“For the last 12 days, the accused had taken shelter in a hotel located in Master Canteen area in the city to execute crime. After committing crime, the accused persons dumped the handsets in Sangram’s native place in Jharkhand from where they used to sell the mobile phones to other traders at half the rate,” he added.

“Today we arrested seven people in the mobile theft racket and efforts are on to arrest others. They will be forwarded to a local court here today,” Dr Sharma said.