Pune: A 22-year-old man was arrested on September 6 for stealing over 15 smartphones from different parts of the district over the last month.
Bramhanand Naikwadi, senior inspector from Swargate police station, the police said the suspect — Devram Chillawar from Ranjangaon in rural Pune — took to stealing smartphones after losing his job with a private company during the lockdown.
Chillawar would target people who would post advertisements on an online marketplace for selling their smartphones. He would visit them and tell them he was instersted in buying the smartphone. On the pretext of making the payment, the would request the person to accompany him to a nearby ATM kiosk and would escape from there with the smartphone, the police said.
Bramhanand Naikwadi, senior inspector from Swargate police station, said, “Chillawar used this method to steal over 15 smartphones from different parts of Pune district over the last month.” Naikwadi and his team arrested Chillawar on September 6. “We have recovered a total of 16 smartphones, a laptop and a motorcycle, collectively worth Rs6 lakh from him,” Naikwadi said.
Chillawar would contact the person after seeing the advertisement. “After finalizing the deal, he would take the receipt and the handset and would request the owner to come with him till the ATM kiosk by saying he didn’t have the entire cash with him,” Naikwadi said.
Chillawar would drop his footwear and stop his motorcycle. The owner of the handset, who would be sitting pillion, would get down from the bike. Chillawar would then escape from the spot.