Three school students who had been stealing two-wheelers parked in Delhi’s Paharganj and Daryaganj area for the last few weeks were held by the police on Monday (April 15).
The students of standard eighth and ninth were caught after one suspect revealed the name of the other two during a counseling session, reported national daily The Times of India.
The students admitted to stealing at least 24 two-wheelers, some of which are yet to be traced by police. 11 two-wheelers that were stolen from different areas of the last three days were recovered by cops.
Aged 14-16, the students bragged to their friends about owning various two-wheelers and clicked photographs with the vehicles.
One of the students revealed that he could unlock a scooter using the key of his father’s old scooter. “They became confident they could unlock any two-wheeler with the keys,” a police officer told ToI. “This encouraged them to go on a stealing spree. Every day after school, they would unlock two-wheelers and drive to places like Loni and Punjabi Bagh, where they dumped them. They returned home on Delhi Metro,” he added.
The children were produced before a Juvenile Justice Board and then handed over to their parents. Police divulged that the boys’ parents claimed to be unaware of their wards’ misadventures.
“We are preparing a social background report of the children as per norm. We will submit it to the authorities concerned,” Mandeep Singh Randhawa, DCP (Central) told media. “We will also counsel other children from their school so they do not think of emulating the antics of the trio,” he added.