JAIPUR: After the city police arrested a carjacker who had stolen over 100 cars in 16 months, the police said that the accused had been learning to hack into the security systems of cars by watching online videos.
The accused Ramesh alias Rahul Meena was arrested on Wednesday by Shipra Path police station. The cops also seized several electronic items like chips etc.
ACP (Mansarovar) Deepak Kumar Sharma said that during the interrogation, the accused said that his accomplice had told him to buy these gadgets to break into the electronic locking systems of cars.Meena said that he is uneducated and could not understand such sophisticated technology. He said that he never really used those gadgets and was trying to learn tricks by reading about it and through other ways, Sharma said, adding he mostly stole car through conventional ways.
The accused spent the money on buying an expensive house at a leading residential colony in Jaipur and made a down payment to buy an SUV on instalment. The police said that they are consulting legal experts to attach his properties. A special team has also been sent to recover the stolen vehicles.
“Most of the vehicles stolen from Delhi were sold in Uttar Pradesh, while vehicles lifted from Jaipur city were disposed of in Pali, Jalore, Jodhpur and Ajmer and some parts of Haryana,” an official said, adding that Meena and his gang used to conduct a recce on bikes to identify potential vehicles. The accused admitted to having stolen over 100 vehicles in the past 16 months, including 60 cars from different parts of New Delhi and 40 from Jaipur.
One of his aides is currently on the run. During searches at his hideouts, the police recovered electronic chips, transmitters and other high-tech equipment used to hack the security systems of high-end cars.