THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City police busted an inter-state gang of car thieves and arrested two persons who were involved in the organised crime. Another person was nabbed by the Mumbai police.
The accused Parameswaran of Madurai and Muhammed Mubarak of Tiruchirappalli, were nabbed from Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram City Police Commissioner P Prakash said. It was the shadow police headed by Control Room Assistant Commissioner Suresh Kumar who probed the case and made the arrests, he said.
He said it was an ultra-modern crime done using an imported kit of electronic gadgets by the accused to unlock cars. ‘’The Chinese made device was used to deactivate the central locking system. After this, they would erase the ignition system of the car and create a new system. After this they link it with the duplicate key they bring, the commissioner said. Blank chips of several central locking systems were also seized from them.
The gang was involved in about 22 car thefts in the state of which seven are from the city. Parameshwaran is said to be the gang leader who has several cases of vehicle theft registered against him in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The gang usually picks up cars near the highways and it takes only less than 20 minutes for them to drive the cars away. It used to roam in the city in luxury cars especially BMW to avoid much checking. The cars stolen from the state have been sold at Tamil Nadu.