Delhi Metro police arrested an active gang of lady pickpockets after many reported incidents of robberies. The lady pickpocket gang of 4 women targeted co-passengers in busy areas to subtly steal from bags, pockets, wallets etc. The Delhi Metro police informed that the lady pickpockets stole cash of Rs 1 lakh and other personal belongings including Aadhar card from a fellow passenger. The Delhi Metro police apprehended them from Rajeev Chowk Metro station.
Dr G. Ram Gopal Naik, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Metro informed, “The ladies try to identify the susceptible target and surround them and push them to deviate the co- passenger’s attention and try to take out the articles from the bags. Sometimes if there is more than one bag, they push the person and drag the bag away. He further added “After stealing cash from the victim they flee. Many such cases were reported, the team swiftly took action and searched for the gang.”
How were they traced?
CCTV footage from both the Rajeev Chowk Metro station and Kirti Nagar came under analysis. This was to establish the involvement of the four ladies in stealing the cash. The police nabbed the women at Rajeev chowk metro station with the help of the victim. The complainant filed an FIR online and told that the ladies had travelled with him from Rajeev Chowk to Kirti Nagar.
The Lady pickpocket gang members are all from Anand Parbat region and hail from an economically weak background. During investigation, they discovered that the four used to plan their robberies and target crowded places. That includes Metro stations, bus stops, railway stations etc to easily get away. They observed and followed the victims from platforms and lifts to give way to their robberies in crowded areas. The gang also has previous involvement in such robberies at various locations and Metro stations.