7 arrested for robberies, zeroed in cash on move

Gang would target those carrying cash to banks

Seven persons have been arrested for indulging in alleged armed robbery of several people at gunpoint across Delhi over the last eight months. 

Police said the bike-borne robbers would target in broad daylight those people who were carrying cash to financial institutions. 

Several such cases had emerged over the past few months where victims were followed for distance before they were relieved of their cash at gunpoint at isolated locations.

With these arrests, eight cases of robberies have been worked out so far. Police believe these men are involved in several more similar crimes and are checking with police stations in the city.

Apart from several motorcycles, laptops and mobile phones, the accused have also revealed that they have robbed over Rs 30 lakh so far. Their biggest robbery that has come to light is a restaurant’s Rs 15 lakh.

While several motorcycles and other items have been recovered from them, police have not reported the seizure of any robbed cash. 

Also, six other members of the gang continue to evade police. Two other members of the gang are already in judicial custody for different crimes.

One of the arrested accused Rakesh, 33, would provide the gang leads on possible transportation of large amounts of cash by developing sources near financial institutions.

“The gang would then do several inspections of the route followed by the victim. They would then form groups of four or six and intercept the victims at pre-planned locations,” said a senior police officer.

Unlike many other gangs which keep the money hidden for long after a robbery, this gang would allegedly spend the stolen cash lavishly.

“One accused paid off the loan of his purchased flat worth Rs 31 lakh. Another person invested his share of the robbed money in his tent business, bought a car and spent lavishly on his girlfriends at hill stations,” the officer added. 

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