Bengaluru: Mobile robbers, buyer in custody; 67 devices, 5 two-wheelers seized | Bengaluru News - Times of India

Bengaluru: Mobile robbers, buyer in custody; 67 devices, 5 two-wheelers seized | Bengaluru News – Times of India

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BENGALURU: Chamarajpet police arrested two mobile robbers and a buyer and recovered 67 cellphones and five two-wheelers, all worth around Rs 11.8 lakh, from them.
The accused are Shabaz Khan, 22, of MS Palya and Mohammed Shafi, 23, of Gangondanahalli; Afzal Pasha, 26, of JJ Nagar would receive the stolen phones from the duo.
Investigation revealed Khan and Shafi snatched a mobile phone from a pedestrian near Chamarajpet 9th Cross on the night of March 27. Based on the victim’s compliant, police, with help of CCTV footage, traced the duo and arrested them. The two confessed to the crime and took cops to Afzal Pasha, the receiver. Together from them, police recovered 67 phones. Khan and Shafi had also stolen five motorbikes from different parts of the city and used them to commit robberies.
“There are many more associates of Khan and Shafi. They snatched mobile phones at Kengeri, Jnanabharathi, Chandra Layout and other places in the city. Pasha sold the mobiles stolen earlier to his associates from Hyderabad,” said Sanjeev M Patil, DCP west.
According to Patil, the miscreants sold the stolen mobile phones to Pasha for around Rs 2,000 per set. “Pasha would take pictures of them and send them on WhatsApp to his associates in Hyderabad. Depending on their quality and working condition, mostly decided by looking at the photos, buyers from Hyderabad would pay around Rs 4,000 per piece to Pasha. We have taken the three into custody for more questioning,” added Patil.
An investigating officer said Pasha claimed to be a small-time businessman. “It looks like he is an important link in disposing of stolen mobile phones from the city. They sell the phones outside the state to ensure we can’t track them. Due to technical issues, police can detect a stolen device only if it is used inside the state,” he added.

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