Lightning may not strike twice in the same place, but it appears car thieves do. After a Vakola-based developer’s car was stolen in 2011 and returned to him, his car was stolen once again, almost three years later, from the same spot.
In January 2011, Sandeep Bhosle, a resident of Jazz Enclave in Vakola, found that his black Pajero had been stolen. Three months later during a routine nakabandi, the Kolkata police intercepted the car at Tapasya Road. Two men were arrested and the car was handed over to the Vakola police, who in turn returned it to Bhosle.
Investigators had revealed that the accused were part of an interstate vehicle lifting racket operating in metros. “They would steal cars from cities and use them for election rallies and carrying cash from place to another,” said a source from the Vakola police station.
On Friday, lightning struck the spot once again and Bhosle’s car was stolen from right outside his building. According to the CCTV footage recovered, four unidentified men were loitering near the car. They then broke open the back door and entered. The accused then made a duplicate set of keys in the back seat and before fleeing with the car, made sure to disconnect the GPS system in the vehicle.
Senior Inspector Vinayak Mulay of Vakola police station said, “We have registered a case against unknown people. We have the CCTV footage and hope to arrest the accused soon.” Cursing his luck, Bhosle said, “This is the second time my car has been stolen. Thanks to the watchman sleeping, my car has gone. I now hope that the police find my car again.”