Viman Nagar, 3rd June 2023: The Pune police have successfully arrested the main accused involved in the theft of an Innova Crysta car, which was rented through the MyCar app platform.
The accused, identified as Rohit Sandeep Darekar, was apprehended from Shirur. Further investigations led to the detention of his accomplices, Akash Ravasaheb Potghan alias Bhadange, Ganesh Ramlal Mali, and Saurabh Vikram Hawle, informed Senior Police Inspector Vilas Sonde, in-charge of Vimantal police station, Pune police.
The incident took place on 12th May when Darekar used stolen identification documents, including an Aadhaar card and PAN card which he had found in a car stolen by him earlier in Chakan, to rent the Innova Crysta car for a period of nine days. Soon after taking possession of the vehicle, the accused fled with it, prompting the registration of an FIR at the Airport (Vimantal) Police Station, Pune City.
The cops tracked him down in Shirur. During the interrogation, Darekar disclosed the involvement of his accomplices in the crime. Subsequently, the police detained Rohit Darekar’s associates from the Shikrapur and Nashik areas.
In another breakthrough, the police discovered that the stolen Innova car, along with the accused, was being transported to Nagpur for sale. Acting on the information, officer Vijay Chandan, along with his team traveled to Nagpur and successfully detained Mrinal Prakash Sorde and Rakesh Devendra Pawar, who were in possession of the stolen vehicle.
It was also revealed that Darekar and Potghan alias Bhadange were previously involved in other criminal cases registered at the Chakan Police Station and the Akluj Police Station, respectively.
The successful operation was conducted under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 4) Shashikant Borate, ACP (Yerwada Division) Kishore Jadhav and Senior Police Inspector Vilas Sonde. The team included Police Inspector (Crime) Sangeeta Mali, Assistant Police Inspector Vijay Chandan, Police Sub-Inspector Ravind Dhavre and police personnel Avinash Shewale, Ankush Jogdande, Girish Nanekar, Dadasaheb Barde, Rupesh Pisal, Nana Karche, Sachin Jadhav, Sachin Kadam, Yogesh Thopte, and Dnyaneshwar Awari.