Chandigarh: The Crime Branch team of Chandigarh Police has booked seven members of a gang who had been allegedly stealing tyres from a showroom here at Sector 21, Chandigarh. The accused reportedly had stolen 480 tyres worth Rs 18-20 lakh from the showroom, said the sources.
According to the police, the accused have been taken into custody by the police and the recovery of the stolen tyres was yet to be made. The police have registered a case under Section 380 of the IPC in Sector 19 Police Station. Sources said that the workers of the shops were involved who used to load the tyres in early morning when the owner was busy opening the shop.
The complainant in the matter, owner of the tyres showroom MS Capital tyre, SCO No.38, Sector-21-C, Gurinderpal Singh, said that the accused had been employed with him for past three years. The accused had been stealing the tyres for the last three years.
‘’Since my wife was ill, it got difficult for me to mange home and the shop and so I asked my two employees to look after the showroom everyday in the morning. I used to come 15 minutes late every day because of my family problem, however after some time I learnt that my worker, Harnek along with other six workers has been loading tyres in a private car belonging to cousin of Harnek to siphon of the tyres from the shop,’’ he said.
The scam came to light when a local person witnessed Harnek along with others were loading
tyres in Etios car and they first loaded in dickey, then in rear seat and after that they loaded the tryes on the seat of co-pilot.
When came to know about the scam, after verifying the records, I found that 480 tyres were missing from the showroom. And these tyres were stolen and then sold in a planned manner by the accused who were employed in my showroom.
Accused broke CCTV cameras
The complainant said that the workers had broken the CCTV cameras installed in the shop so that the activity could not be recorded. Recovery yet to be made, preliminary investigation on. Pawan Kumar, DSP Crime Branch said that the accused have been apprehended and they are still probing their role. The recoveries of the tyres are yet to be made.
Meanwhile, during preliminary questioning, it was learnt that they were selling the tyres to make easy money and were stealing 12-15 tyres on regular intervals.
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