Kerala, Tamil Nadu hub for stolen phone sales
- Bengaluru police recovered 402 stolen phones recently.
- During the arrest the Kerala connection became apparent.
The Bengaluru police following the recovery of 402 stolen mobile phones from Kerala and Tamil Nadu have warned cellphone mechanic and shoppers Association in Bengaluru from tampering with IMEI numbers and facilitate the sale. The police have warned they will take criminal action against erring cell phone dealers in the city.
Bengaluru police recently made a breakthrough while investigating a stolen mobile phone complaint reported at Vidyaranyapura. The found that these phone was active in Palakkad and arrested a dealer Subair.
The police were surprised after they found 402 stolen phones in his shop along with ₹40 lakh in cash. This arrest gave a clue about Arif from Goripalaya who heads the gang of robbers in Bengaluru.
Police were baffled by the modus operandi of the gang. The culprits used to target lone person and snatch the phone, while few from the gang would act as public and stage a drama of trashing and handing their associate to police. Later the culprits would vanish along with the phone.
Police say the stolen phones are sold off to customers in Kerala and Tamil Nadu after tampering the IMEI.
The stolen phones will be given to owners once verification is complete.