The desire to impress women with the latest smartphones and bikes has landed two close friends in jail. The Bhosari police caught two bike thieves Vicky Jadhav (22) and Kuldeep Shinde (19), while they were attempting to steal a bike near Chaitanya Park in Bhosari yesterday.
Nine stolen bikes worth Rs 3.50 lakh, smart phones and Rs 50,000 cash have been recovered from them. According to the police, school friends Jadhav and Shinde hail from Sangamner in Ahmednagar district and would come to the city to carry out the thefts. They would then use the same bike to get home.
Sub-inspector of Bhosari police station, Ansar Shaikh said, “Shinde is doing his diploma in engineering from Sangamner while Jadhav is a tenth class fail. The duo would travel to Pune at the beginning of the week and camp at Pune railway station area for four days. They would then survey various areas in city before carrying out their theft plan on Friday nights.”
They would steal the bikes using duplicate keys, and when that didn’t work, they would jump-start them by cutting certain cables. They used the same stolen motorcycles to get home. The duo ran a business by selling the stolen bikes for Rs 20,000-Rs 30,000. When the demand for the bikes increased, they began to steal more bikes and told their buyers that the bikes were purchased from second hand dealers in Pune city.
“The bikes recovered are mainly from Bhosari, Pimpri, Chinchwad, Hinjewadi, Dehu road and Chakan area, which have been stolen in the past six months. We have been able to trace the owners of five bikes while details of the remaining four bike owners are yet to be traced,” added Shaikh.