In less than 24 hours, a 16-year-old boy allegedly committed six robberies in residential areas in South Delhi on Independence Day, said the police Thursday. The accused was apprehended by special staff Wednesday.
The teenager is allegedly a drug addict involved in over 13 cases of robberies, theft and snatching, said the police. He targets mainly women who walk on the streets alone in the evening or late at night and snatches their phones or jewellery, the police added.
According to sources, the first incident on August 15 took place around 8 am in Hauz Khas. The accused allegedly snatched a woman’s mobile phone and fled on his scooter. Around 5.30 pm on the same day, he allegedly targeted another woman and snatched her purse in Saket.
The police said the boy went to the Lado Sarai market area and then snatched a mobile phone from a man at around 5.40-5.50 pm. The fourth incident was recorded in Malviya Nagar around 2.15 am, the police said. A man was walking towards a hospital when the accused snatched his phone and fled on his blue scooter, they said.
In the next one hour, the accused targeted a food delivery executive and a woman in Saket and Greater Kailash, the police added.
“All the complainants alleged they saw the accused leave on a blue scooter. We started looking for the boy by checking all the CCTVs,” said an officer.
Several teams were deployed to zero in on the accused and on Wednesday, the police received an input that the accused would come to the BRT area with the same scooter. A team was sent and the accused was signalled to stop.
Benita Mary Jaiker, DCP (South) said: “The juvenile tried to flee but was caught by the team. Two phones were recovered from his possession. The same phones were robbed a day before. We then found that his scooter was also stolen from Kalkaji. On his instance, gold jewellery was recovered from his house.”