11-member gang held for picking pockets
The gang usually operated in crowded bus. They would flick the purse and the cell phones from the passengers in the bus.
A gang of five usually entered the bus and the remaining members came in auto alongside the bus to help them escape. “The accused would alight from the bus and board the autos or two wheelers and made good their escape,” said deputy commissioner, Puliathope, R Sudhakar.
The gang was nabbed in two different places in Basin Bridge and Otteri, an offence police said. The gang had weapons with them when they were caught. Investigations revealed that they took to pick pocketing as they made huge sum without being caught by the police. while snatching gold chains involved more risks.
In chain snatching they could be easily identified by the victims and it was difficult to pawn the jewellery.
Sugumar was detained under Goondas Act four times, Christopher was detained thrice, Riyaz twice and Dayalan alais Rafiq was detained once under Goondas Act.
The accused were identified as M Sugu alias Sugumaran, 24, M Riyas, 24, A Rafeeq,25, of Mylapore, M Vijayakumar, 23, S Sadanandham, 24, M Dayalan, 24, R Suresh, 24, G Parthasarathy, R. Mani,26, R Mahimairaj,22 and L Christopher,24. Out of the 11 gang members, Sugu alias Sugumar had been detained under Goondas Act, in four different occasions, Christopher was detained thrice and Riyas detained twice under the act. Dayalan and Rafeeq were detained once under the Act.
The gang members were produced before the court and remanded to judicial custody. TNNCity police commissioner appreciated the efforts of policemen, who thwarted the gang’s plan and arrested them.