The accused have been identified as Girish Nayak(50) of Gangadham society in Bibvewadi and Vijayan Shivankumar (41) of Dhanori.
Nayak is a commerce graduate and earlier worked in call centre and lived in a posh society. Police said that currently he was unemployed and indulged in thefts and robberies to maintain his high standard of living.
On July 29 head constable Subhash Jadhav and constable Kailash Salunke received information about a man moving on a stolen bike in Lullanagar. Soon a detection branch team comprising Police sub inspector Nitin Atkare, head constables Bashir Sayyed, Santosh Tanwade, Kailash Akhute, police naik Rajas Shaikh, Ganesh Gaikwad, and constables Ramesh Rathod, Santosh Sonawane, Sachin Gaikwad, and Umakant Swami, laid a trap and nabbed Nayak in front of Mount Carmel school around 10.30 am. During investigation Nayak named his accomplice Vijayan who used to help him in selling the stolen bikes for Rs 20,000 to Rs 25000.
Deputy commissioner of police (Zone 4) Sudhir Hiremath said,”We have recovered 20 bikes, one car, totally worth over Rs 12.5 lakhs. Nayak has also committed 12 chain snatchings in Market yard and Bibvewadi areas.”
Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Mokashi, incharge of Kondhwa police station, said,”Nayak is a historysheeter. In 1996 he had seven theft cases. Later he worked in call centres. As his living standards rose, he again indulged in theft cases for the last two years.”
Police inspector (crime) Anjum Bagwan added,”Most of the two wheelers include Activa and Access, which are in good condition. We hope to recover more vehicles from their possession. Vijayan asked Nayak to sell vehicles to acquaintances.”
Police officials said that Nayak used to call a key maker saying he had lost keys of the bike. As he used to be well dressed, the key maker didn’t suspect him and used to make the keys. Nayak used to drive away easily without arousing any suspicion.