Car Thieves: May not be just baddies but far worse

Police and Intelligence agencies cannot take car and motor cycle thefts lightly. In almost all cases of daylight shootings and heists it is the stolen motor cycle or car that is used.

Now comes the news of terrorists using stolen vehicles.

Mumbai police in MP to hunt down car thieves
Vijay V Singh I TNN

Mumbai: A crime branch team is in Madhya Pradesh at present, trying to trace a gang of criminals who may be responsible for the theft of the cars that have been used in the Gujarat terror plot. The team has been in MP for the last one week.
The Gujarat police have linked the cars used in the Ahmedabad blasts to a gang from MP. The gang members came to Navi Mumbai, stole the cars from there and then drove them to Bharuch (in Gujarat) and handed them over to their contacts, officials said in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
The crime branch launched a crackdown on car thieves in the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane belt immediately after the blasts in the Gujarat capital and the discovery of explosives-laden vehicles in Surat.
Irrespective of whether the police succeed in establishing a link between terror in Gujarat and the recent car thefts in and around Mumbai, they have already given Mumbaikars a reason to smile. Officials have arrested nine car thieves from Mumbai and its neighbouring areas and managed to recover 40 stolen cars.
“All nine persons were active in the Mumbai-Navi Mumbai-Thane belt and used to steal cars only on demand,’’ a senior official said on Saturday. “But we are sure that none of these thieves is connected to the terror plot,’’ the official added. Some of the nine criminals are from Mumbai and its neighbourhood but some are from Gujarat and Rajasthan.
It was this lot, though, which put crime branch officials on the trail of the MP gang, joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria said on Saturday.
“It was revealed during interrogation that one gang from Madhya Pradesh was very active here,’’ he said, adding, “they would get orders from other states and then come here to steal cars.’’
CARS CAUGHT IN TERROR WEB
Wagon R (MH-06/AF-9719) stolen from Panvel was used in the Ahmedabad explosions Maruti 800 (MH-05/H-5764) stolen from Sanpada was used in a blast at an Ahmedabad hospital Wagon R (MH-43/R-3569) stolen from Vashi was found laden with explosives in Surat Wagon R (MH-06/8294) found laden with explosives in Surat; stolen from Panvel
The numberplates of the cars had been changed

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