Two conmen target courier agencies

Two men have been arrested for a unique modus operandi of robbery. They targeted courier agencies that specialised in delivering gems and jewellery, police said on Saturday.

On October 10, Ashish, 22, and Jaibir, 27, had called the staff of an agency to their hotel room in south-east Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin saying they had to urgently send jewellery to Mumbai. They used a mobile phone with a SIM card of Mumbai.

“When the staff reached the hotel room with parcels of gems and jewellery already collected from different jewellers, they were overpowered, tied and locked in the bathroom,” said Ashok Chand, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).

The two men then decamped with the parcels containing jewellery.

A case of robbery was registered with Hazrat Nizamuddin police station, and an initial probe revealed that one of the robbers had disguised himself as a Sikh to evade identification.

On Thursday, specific information was received that the robbers involved would be coming to Najafgarh Road.

A trap was laid which led to the arrest of Ashish and Jaibir, who hail from Haryana’s Jhajjar district. The stolen jewellery has been recovered.

On interrogation, it was revealed that Ashish did mechanical trade from a polytechnic college in Jhajjar.

After completing his diploma, he failed to get a job and so he joined a courier company in central Delhi’s Paharganj.

In January 2014, Ashish was assigned to deliver a parcel containing diamond at Gurgaon, but he stole it and left the job.

A case was registered with DLF Phase 2 police station in Gurgaon.

“Having earlier worked with courier agencies, Ashish planned the robbery and roped in Jaibir to assist him,” Chand added.

Jaibir, a school dropout, is a close friend of Ashish and was working with a contractor in Shimla.

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