Pune: Educated Youth Starts Business Of Stolen Laptops, Mobile Phones After Losing Job Due To Covid-19 Pandemic, Arrested By Pimpri Chinchwad Police

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Pimpri, 26th June 2022: A highly educated youth who went to the hospital and stole the laptops and mobile phones of hospital staff and relatives of patients has been arrested by the police. Seven laptops and 35 mobile phones worth Rs 5.25 lakh were seized from him. 

The youth had lost his job during the covid-19 pandemic due to which he started stealing. The accused has been identified as Vikas Sanjay Hagwane (30), a resident of Bhukum.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Anand Bhoite, laptops were stolen from a hospital in the city. A technical investigation by the police concluded that the theft was committed by the same person in all three cases. 

Accordingly, the police instructed the shopkeepers selling and repairing mobiles and laptops. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Babajan Inamdar was informed that a person as described by the police had come to a laptop repair shop on Wakad Road to sell laptops. Accordingly, the police arrested Hagwane. He confessed that the laptops he possessed were stolen.

Police said that he was working for a private company in Wagholi. He lost his job during the Covid-19 pandemic and then he started stealing. He stole mobiles and laptops from hospitals in Wakad, Pimpri, Bhosari, Chatushrungi and Kothrud areas. As the hospital areas are crowded, it is easy to escape after stealing. So he targeted the hospitals. After visiting the hospital, he would inspect the entire hospital and then steal the laptops and mobile phones of doctors and patients as well as their relatives.


Further to disguise the stolen mobile phones and laptops as his own, he set up a mobile shop in Deccan Gymkhana, Pune and also created a bill book with the name of this shop. Using those bills, he was selling stolen laptops and mobile phones to shopkeepers, pretending to be his own. Seven laptops and 35 mobile phones worth Rs 5.25 lakh were seized from him. The action resulted in seven crimes.