The Tilak Nagar police have arrested a couple who stole cell phones from the students of KJ Somaiya College, Vidyavihar.

Cops alleged that the female accused, Preeti Shinde (18), is a first-year BSc  student of the college and has stolen mobile phones of seven of her classmates over the last two months. Her husband would later sell the stolen goods in the market.

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According to police officials, the duo was arrested on Friday evening and five cell phones were recovered from them.

Senior police inspector Bhagwat Sonawane from Tilak Nagar police station said, “Several mobile theft cases were reported at our police station. Last week, we got another such complaint and when we traced the  phone’s IMEI number, it led us to Shinde. Later, we brought her to the police station for questioning.”

After she confessed to the crime, her partner, Sunny Pawar, was picked up from Lal Dongar in Chembur and both were arrested.

Shinde stole her classmates’ cell phones during science practical sessions when they would keep their bags outside the laboratory in the corridor. She would then hand them over to her partner who would sell them in the market. The couple had planned to saved the money to build a secure future.

“Pawar is a graduate and was earlier working with a call centre. But he lost his job and assisted Shinde in the theft cases,” added Sonawane. The couple said that they got married in Bandra court two months ago.

“Their marriage is not confirmed yet. When I asked them to show me the documents of their court marriage, Shinde said that the papers were in Pawar’s possession. Investigations are still on and we are in the process of recovering more goods from the couple,” added sub-inspector Ashish Adsul.

The duo has been booked under sections 392 (punishment for robbery) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance) of the Indian Penal Code.