Jajpur, 8 July
Jajpur police today claimed to have busted an inter-district bike theft racket while arresting five of its members.
Two stolen motorcycles were recovered from their possession.
The racket used to lift motorbikes from deserted spots in several parts in Jajpur, Bhadrak and Cuttack districts and sell those off to gullible customers after forging documents.
The arrested have been identified as Mr Kishore Chndra Nayak, Mr Sukadev Sahu, Mr Alok Ranjan Mohanty, Mr Manoj Kumar Upadhaya and Mr Sagar Kumar Swain.
The racket came to police net after a bike owner whose motorcycle was stolen from the Jajpur collectorate a couple of days ago, reported the matter to Jajpur town police last week.
“The gang is involved in lifting around 30 motorbikes, mostly from Jajpur, in the past couple of months. We have only recovered two motor bikes from them,” said Mr Asit Kumar Mohanty, inspector in charge of Jajpur police station.
The gang members would keep close watch on the movement of the owners of the motor cycles before breaking open the lock and fleeing with their vehicles.
“People who were in a hurry at places such as collectorates, hospitals, banks, railway stations and bus stands were their easy targets.” Mr Mohanty said.
“After lifting the bike, they used to forge its documents by changing its number plate.” he added
The thieves were booked under Sections 379, 411, 34 of the Indian Penal Code and forwarded to the court.
Later, the arrested five were remanded to judicial custody after their bail pleas were rejected, police informed.