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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 08:47 IST

Ghaziabad crime branch busts mobile tower theft ring, 10 arrested

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the crime, including the gang's leader, Kanhaiya from Mathura.

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The gang members which were arrested by Ghaziabad police's crime branch. | Image: ANI
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Ghaziabad, UP: The Crime Branch of Ghaziabad police apprehended a notorious gang of thieves charged with stealing batteries, Remote Radio units (RRU), and other hardware from cellphone towers across Ghaziabad, Noida, and Delhi-NCR in a massive raid, according to authorities. 

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the crime, including the gang's leader, Kanhaiya from Mathura. 

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"The gang's modus operandi involved meticulous planning and insider information. Kanhaiya, along with his associates, all residents of Ghaziabad and Noida, would first identify towers with the help of insiders--technicians working for mobile tower companies. These technicians, identified as Shahrukh, Ravi, Karan, Komal, Kapil, Wasim, Asif, and Shahbaz, would provide crucial details about the towers' security and equipment layout," the police informed.

Armed with such information, the gang would strike at the right time, immediately removing expensive equipment such as batteries, radio receiver units, and amplifiers. Asif provided transportation in his car, allowing them to move quickly between crime scenes. The stolen products were subsequently sold to scrap dealers in Delhi, and the money were split among the gang members. 

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The police seized stolen goods worth Rs 48 lakh from the accused thieves and scrap traders, which included RRU units, mobile tower batteries, theft equipment, and the vehicle used in the crimes.
Kanhaiya and Shahbaz, among those arrested, have prior criminal records for similar acts.
 

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 08:47 IST

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