250 stolen phones almost sold for Rs 9 lakh

250 stolen phones almost sold for Rs 9 lakh: All Android devices, no iPhone

Police learnt that the smartphones had been stolen from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Credit: Special Arrangement

Bengaluru police have seized 250 stolen smartphones that were just about to be sold to a dealer in Kerala for Rs 9 lakh. 

On August 4, Kalasipalya police intercepted a Maruti Suzuki Ertiga (registration number KA 41/MB 9880) on AV Road near Chamarajpet. Three men were sitting inside with two large bags. A search revealed the presence of scores of smartphones in the bags. Hidden deep inside were three machetes. 

One of the men — identified as Raju, 25, from Anantapur — acknowledged the ownership of the car but didn’t give a satisfactory answer about the phones or the machetes. The men were taken to the police station, and an investigation was conducted. 

Police learnt that the smartphones — all Android devices, no iPhone — had been stolen from different places in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 

Their main supplier, a man from Andhra Pradesh, had despatched them to Raju and his accomplice, a Hyderabad native named Mohammed Rafiq, 36. Raju and Rafiq added some of the smartphones they themselves had stolen in Bengaluru to the haul and pitched it to Nisamuddin, a 36-year-old man from Thiruvananthapuram who intended to sell them in Kerala. 

When the gang was caught, Raju and Rafiq were negotiating the price with Nisamuddin. They wanted Rs 9 lakh for 250 phones. 

A manhunt has been launched for the main supplier, said Chandrakanth L T, the inspector of the Kalasipalya police station. 

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