Pune: The Hinjewadi police on Monday arrested a 28-year-old man for robbing two smartphones, worth Rs80,000, belonging to a tour operator on the Katraj-Dehu Road bypass at Bavdhan in the early hours of Sunday.
A police team took the suspect Amit Niranjan Singh of West Bengal into custody on Monday evening, while he was attempting to sell the stolen smartphones near Wakad bridge.
Tour operator Rahul Sambrekar (47) of Nashik had gone to Goa with two friends last week. On their way back, they reached Bavdhan around 3am on Sunday. Sambrekar decided to park his car along the service road so he could rest. “I was feeling sleepy as I had been driving the car for the entire night,” Sambrekar said.
He parked his car outside an automobile dealership firm in Bavdhan and slept for some time. “I had locked the car from inside. But one of the passengers went out around 3.30am. After returning, he forgot to lock the car and slept,” Sambrekar said.
He added, “Around 4.30am, I woke up after sensing something and saw one person picking up my smartphone from the dashboard. Before, I could stop him, the suspect pushed me and ran. Later, we found out that he had stolen another smartphone from the car. I had to rush to Nashik as one the passengers had to catch a flight. On Monday, I returned to Pune and checked the CCTV footage from the dealership. We found that the man had first come to the car around 4am and carried out a recce. He returned after sometime and stole one smartphone. Around 4.30 he came back and robbed my smartphone too.”
Assistant sub-inspector of the Hinjewadi police station Mahesh Waybase said that Sambrekar lodged an FIR on Monday evening. “We got a tip-off that one person was selling high-end smartphones near Wakad bridge. We laid a trap and took Singh into custody. We have recovered the robbed smartphones,” Waybase said.
On November 18, Singh had come to Pune in search of a job.
“When he did not get any job, he decided to rob smartphones,” Waybase said.

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