Gurgaon police on Thursday arrested a 23-year-old thief, allegedly part of a gang from Tamil Nadu who stole cell phones, laptops and property in the Delhi-NCR area, pretending to have hearing and speech impairments upon his arrest. Police said at least 10 forged disability certificates, some cash and a laptop bag were recovered from him.
Police identified the accused as Jagdish Govindan, 23, who was born in Vellore in Tamil Nadu. He was booked in two recent cases of burglaries in Gurgaon. On May 25 and April 12, police said, he stole several laptops and a mobile phone from two homes in the city.
The accused was arrested near the gold market complex. An investigation discovered that he used to pass the stolen items to a partner, who would then send them to another fellow Tamil Nadu via train for the purpose of selling them in that state. Deputy Commissioner of Police (East) Virender Vig said his modus operandi was to lurk around the houses in the early morning and check if the door of the house was open when the occupants were asleep.
After his arrest, the police said, the accused pretended to have a hearing and speech impairment and only resorted to hand gestures to mislead the police. Later, during constant interrogation, he began to speak and confessed to the crime.
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A police officer, who asked not to be named, said, “The gang used to work back and forth between Delhi NCR and Tamil Nadu. Old members were replaced with new ones for a few months to avoid capture. All electronic devices that were stolen were sold in Tamil Nadu. When any suspected Someone in his involvement or being arrested, was showing forged disability certificates to get rid of the problem.”
Police said they were trying to identify other members of the gang and investigate a larger connection.