Two men, who allegedly stole several scooters, have been arrested in the city of Malad. The college students learned how to steal the scooters after watching videos on YouTube.
Avinash Kashid and Rupesh Ghadshi watched videos on how to unlock scooters after the keys were lost, according to authorities. The two stole several scooters during the early hours of the day.
Scooters Were Being Sold
The two learned how to unlock the scooters and would then move them to other areas. They would wait a few days before selling them. Authorities said the two sold at least five scooters and told buyers that they would hand them the documents later.
Authorities made the first arrest on Tuesday, catching 22-year-old Kashid. The second arrest came the following day. The Malad police department said that they have recovered nine scooters. Six of them were stolen from the city of Malad while the three others came from Borivli, Charkop and Kandivali.
It is not the first time that police catch people stealing after learning how to through YouTube and other video sites. Last year, authorities saw a similar case in which two people stole from a beer shop after watching a video on YouTube on how to break locks. The two were caught trying to steal from another shop the following month.
Thefts In Malad and Numbers From 2017 and 2016
The city of Malad saw nearly 3,000 cases of motor vehicle thefts in 2018. About 30 percent of those cases were solved. The number was a bit less in 2017, with 2,636 cases reported. 818 cases were solved. Early last year, reports revealed that four vehicles were taken from the capital every 60 minutes in 2017. The number of thefts went from more than 36,000 in 2016 to over 39,000 in 2017. Police said that just over ten percent of the vehicles stolen in 2017 were recovered.
Thousands of Arrests
A large percentage of the vehicles stolen were two-wheelers. Nearly 30,000 of them were two-wheelers while 7,047 were cars and 2,229 were other vehicles. Authorities added that more than 5,000 arrests were made. Estimates say there are about 60 to 70 million motor vehicles in the country. Just a few years back, estimates revealed that there was 50 million.
The Hindustan Times reports that the two stole ten scooters and that nine of those thefts were reported last year. The other theft was reported on January 1. The two acted during the early hours of the day to avoid being spotted or seen by security cameras.