Bengaluru: Mechanic stealing cars on test drive held | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: A 32-year-old car mechanic has landed in police custody for allegedly stealing four-wheelers from owners on the pretext of taking them for test drive.
The accused is Srinivas N, a resident of Chikkasanne in Devanahalli. Police records show that Srinivas, who is from Doddaballapur, was arrested twice on similar charges. In 2018, Rajagopal Nagar police recovered 11 used cars stolen by Srinivas after taking them for test drive. In February this year, Doddaballapur police arrested him and recovered nine cars.
According to cops, gambling and alcohol addiction pushed Srinivas, a school dropout, to adopt illegal ways in life. As a car mechanic, he came to know about people looking to sell their cars through his contacts.
Now, Mahalakshmipuram police have recovered seven cars worth Rs 35 lakh from him. On November 8, businessman Anil Kumar, 31, lodged a complaint saying a man, identified as Srinivas from Doddaballapur, had driven away with his Toyota Etios Liva, purchased in 2018. Kumar said Srinivas had called him and said he was a used car dealer interested in buying the car.
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When Kumar asked Srinivas how he knew he wanted to sell the car, the latter is said to have dropped a common friend’s name. The two men met near Mahalakshmi Metro station and Srinivas drove away the vehicle for a test drive. Kumar approached police when Srinivas failed to return and his mobile phone was switched off.
Old records showed a similar case being reported in Rajagopal Nagar police limits, which is close to Mahalakshmipuram station, in 2018. When police showed him Srinivas’s picture, Kumar identified him.
“We arrested Srinivas and recovered seven cars, including that of Kumar. Srinivas had sold the cars to persons in Tumakuru and Chikkamagaluru districts, the rural parts of Doddaballapur, and Bengaluru,” an investigating officer said.





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