Thieves Stole An Earth-Remover and Used it In Looting Shops, Arrested

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police in Budgam have solved a theft case in which thieves used an earth remover in looting three shops in Chadoora. Two thieves have been arrested, the JCB has been seized and part of the loot has been recovered.

On December 18, Police Station Chadoora received a piece of information that three shops belonging to Showkat Ahmed Sonu son of Ghulam Nabi Sonu resident of Chanapora Srinagar, Mohammad Shoeb Chinga son of Ali Mohammad Chinga resident of Natipora Srinagar and Muzamil Ahmed Dar son of Ghulam Nabi Dar resident of Rangar Chadoora had been looted during the intervening night near R and B office Chadoora. The burglars had broken the shutters using a JCB machine and several mobile phones were stolen along with electric items and other accessories.  FIR 203 of 2022 was registered in the case.

During investigations, two suspects were brought for questioning from Herpora Shopian. They broke down and admitted their involvement in the burglary.

The accused were arrested and upon their disclosure, stolen items which included three cell phones, three Redmi Power Banks, three smart watches 03, one Realmi MP3, and one torch was recovered. Besides, the JCB Machine was also recovered from the arrested persons, which had also been looted from a local resident.  The arrested persons have been identified as Mehraj Ahmad Sheikh son of Gulzar Ahmad Sheikh and Ikhlas Bhat son of Bashir Ahmad Bhat both residents of Dashnoo, Heerpora district Shopain.

During questioning,  it surfaced that the JCB machine used for the commissioning of the crime belonged to Basharat Ahmed Yatoo son of Haji Noor Mohammad Yatoo resident of Chadoora which was stolen by the accused persons during the intervening night of December 17 and 18, 2022. During further investigation, it surfaced that one of the accused namely Ikhkas Bhat was working as a helper with the owner of the JCB machine and he had hidden a spare key to the JCB Machine and used the same to make the machine operational during the dead of night on and then the machine damaged the nearby shops to loot them.

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