Bengaluru: Five of gang stealing tractors land in custody; 14 vehicles seized | Bengaluru News – Times of India
Along with the tractors, police have also seized four cars and seven two-wheelers from the accused. In all, the value of the recovered vehicles, including the tractors, is around Rs 1.4 crore, said police.
The 26 tractors were stolen from different parts of the city and the outskirts, including Tumakuru district, over the past two years.
The accused arrested now are Anand alias Umesh, 35, B Yakub Khan, 30, both residents of Kadabagere Cross; B Lingappa, 35, V Lokesh, 34, and Lokesh Kumar, 37, all residents of Mandya.
DCP (west) Sanjeev M Patil told TOI: “When we caught Bore Gowda, he revealed the role of his associates. We had formed special teams to nab them. We traced the accused members of the gang in and around Mandya and Kadabagere Cross. Then we started recovering the stolen tractors, which the accused had sold.”
According to police, all the stolen tractors were parked on inclined roads and the accused drove them away around 2am. They would roam around in a stolen Maruti Omini, looking for tractors and return post-midnight to commit the offence.
“At 2am, most people will be fast asleep. The accused would push the tractors parked down-slope for some distance and then start by tampering with the ignition wiring. To ensure they don’t run out of fuel, they’d carry a 25-litre can with diesel in it. Before daybreak, they would reach the outskirts of Mandya and hide the tractor in the agricultural fields of their acquaintances,” an investigating officer said. Usually, Yakub Khan, V Lokesh and Lokesh Kumar were given the responsibility of driving away the tractors.
Anand alias Umesh and Bore Gowda would take up the next job. “Anand entered police records in 2006 after stealing a two-wheeler in Madiwala. Till 2012, he continued lifting vehicles and often got arrested. Wishing to bid adieu to crime life, Anand ran a vegetable shop in Kadabagere Cross between 2013 and 2017. However, his lavish lifestyle drew him back to the crime world. It was Anand’s idea to steal tractors as it was not done before by any known miscreants,” said police.
Anand and Bore Gowda would tamper with the numbers mentioned on the chassis and engine of the tractors. “They would then approach RTO officials and get a new licence plate for the stolen vehicles. Finally, they would sell them to agriculturists for around Rs 4 lakh, while brand new tractors cost more than Rs 7 lakh,” said police.
The stolen tractors were sold to farmers at Mandya, Mysuru and Tumakuru.