HYDERABAD: The cool ‘customer’ stepped into the Harley Davidson showroom on Road Number 3, Banjara Hills. A light pink shirt, dark coloured trousers, a pair of orange shoes and he looked as cool as any Harley customer and wanted to test the power of the Harley Davidson Street-750.
‘Syed Taher’ presented a facsimile of his driving licence. The staff told him the photograph was smudged and he got another with a clearer image.
After he filled forms and gave his details such as phone number, the staff gave him the key to a brand new black Street-750. And a sales executive explained to him the test-ride route and started to accompany him on another bike.
The two, geared themselves with helmets, mounted the Harleys and started from the showroom. While the sales executive took a U-turn towards Jubilee Hills check-post after coming out of the showroom, and waited for the ‘customer’ to follow him, the accused chose to ride in the other direction towards Punjagutta. Stuck on the other side of the road, the executive had to go further ahead to take the U-turn towards Panjagutta and in the 3 p.m. traffic, he could not trace the accused.
Banjara Hills Police have registered a case of theft after receiving a complaint. Sub-inspector Santhosh of Banjara Hills said that the driving licence as well as address and phone number mentioned in the form are all fake. “He was alone and appears to have come with a clear plan. His name also might be fake. We are trying to trace him,” said the SI. According to him, the accused, soon after zooming away from Banjara Hills, made a pit-stop at a petrol bunk near CM’s camp office, filled the bike’s tank for Rs 300, and hit the Karimnagar highway. The CCTVs tracked him till Shamirpet. The CCTV images from inside the showroom show the well groomed man in profile and the police have launched a manhunt. The bike has a petrol tank with capacity of 13 litres and gives around 15 kmpl on city roads and 22 kmpl on highway.