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Man arrested for stealing phones of Delhi zoo visitors

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A 26-year-old man, who used to steal of visitors of the zoo near Purana Qila, was arrested, police said today.

On January 6, a man's mobile phone was allegedly stolen whil he was in front of the jaguar den at the zoo. As soon as he realised about his loss, he raised an alarm, they said.

Following the incident, people could see a man escaping from there who was caught after a chase by a of the station, the police said.

The man was identified as With his arrest, the police claimed to have solved 14 cases of cell phone thefts in the zoo, they said.

Kumar belongs to Ranchi but has been staying in north Delhi's Azadpur, the police said.

Along with his friend Roshan, Kumar would come to the zoo from Azadpur on weekends and holidays to steal as many phones as he could, Chinmoy Biswal, of police (Southeast), said.

On the day Kumar was caught, his accomplice was also there, but managed to escape, he said.

Kumar also revealed that the duo would also be active during the days when Pragati Maidan used to host melas or expos, the said.

During investigation, it was found that Kumar and would escape from the zoo in an autorickshaw. The used to wait for them outside the zoo, he said.

The accused duo used to position themselves around the white tiger or jaguar den where a lot of people would gather to see the animals, the said.

They did not steal on roads, buses or elsewhere, but only targeted high footfall places like zoo or Pragati Maidan where people were unmindful of their personal belongings, he said.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 22:05 IST