Auto thieves gang busted, 41 cars recovered

The brain behind the gang owns Rs 6 crore property

Auto thieves gang busted, 41 cars recovered

They have recovered 41 expensive cars and four two-wheelers from them in Bangalore, Goa, Mysore, Hassan, Chikmagalur and Kadur recently. The suspects were identified as Syed Nehal (42) of Kengeri, Amitesh Kumar (28) of JP Nagar, Avinash Kumar Maheshwari (27) of Dollars Colony and Samiwulla (25) of Shimoga. Amitesh is from Patna, and Avinash from Ispatnagar in Durga district in Chattisgarh, said police.

The suspects operated from Bangalore. They used to steal cars from Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Karnataka, using duplicate keys. They used to manage to get completely damaged cars from scrap businessmen and the documents pertaining to them from insurance offices. The suspects would bring the stolen and damaged cars to Bangalore, swap the parts to ensure that the stolen cars had the chassis numbers of the damaged cars, and sell them to customers, revealed the police.
The gang owned a workshop at Chikkabasti in Bangalore. They would change number plates, engine and chassis numbers of the stolen cars using a gas cutting machine. Later, they would weld the engine and chassis numbers of the damaged cars on the engine and chassis of the stolen cars. They would paint the cars in different colours. The suspects would keep the documents of the damaged cars in repainted ones and would sell them to customers as used cars, added the police.

Prime suspect
The mastermind behind the racket is Syed Nehal. Syed and his brothers Syed Ikram and Nasir are involved in serious crimes like dacoity, cheating, extortion and illegal transportation of sandalwood. As many as 24 cases have been registered against Nehal.

The Nehals own property worth Rs six crore in different parts of the State. They own a five-acre arecanut plantation, a spacious house, a house site, a Shadi Mahal building and a shopping complex over one acre land, all in Shimoga. They own a house constructed over a site measuring 80X80 and a site measuring 80X29 at Sridhargudda in Kengeri in Bangalore.

Amitesh came to Bangalore to pursue higher education in 2001. He registered for Hotel Management course at M S Ramaiah College, but could not complete it. He took to vehicle thefts in 2003. He is involved in two vehicle thefts in Juhu and Santa Cruz police limits in Mumbai.

Avinash is also involved in illegal possession of arms. There are seven cases of different crimes against him in Bangalore. The duo allegedly bought around 60 vehicles from Khurshid in Mumbai and disposed them off. The police are investigating into this.

Complaints of the car thefts were filed at Amboli, Park Side, Rabda and Mulund police stations in Mumbai and JJ Nagar, Nandini Layout, Mahalakshmi Layout, DJ Halli and Cottonpet police stations in Bangalore. The police are ascertaining places from where many of the recovered cars were stolen.
DH News Service

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