In a major breakthrough, the North Garo Hills police in a one-week operation busted a major motorcycle theft gang and also recovered twelve stolen motorcycles.
During the operation, four persons were also arrested, who were allegedly involved in the crimes.
“The operation was ongoing for a week and we were able to recover 13 stolen bikes that were sold to unsuspecting residents of Meghalaya. The motorcycles were stolen from various parts of Assam being sold in Meghalaya. We have managed to arrest 4 suspected agents of the gang,” said superintendent of police, North Garo Hills, Abraham Sangma.
As per reports, the case has now been transferred to Assam police, which has seen a huge number of arrests.
According to police, the modus operandi of the group was to steal the bikes from various places from Assam before the engine and chassis numbers were tampered and brought to Mendipathar where various agents would contact customers who needed to buy a second-hand bike. Documents to prove ownership was then forged before the bikes were sold to customers, who were completely unaware that the motorcycles were stolen.
The racket was apparently inter-state with the bikes being stolen from Assam before the chassis and engine numbers were tampered to be sold to residents of Meghalaya’s Garo Hills.
A case has been registered at the Mendipathar PS and the police have also found forged documents created by the gang to intentionally deceive unsuspecting customers in Meghalaya.
An advisory has been issued by the police on the matter and has also appealed to all residents to properly verify whenever they buy any second hand or used bikes/vehicles from any individual/agent or from any online platforms.