The Police Detective Division (DB) claims to have arrested eight members of an organized motorcycle thieving gang while carrying out special operations in different areas of Dhaka and Cumilla.
According to DB officials, the criminals first scout and draw up a list of houses that do not have security guards.
They break the locks and start the bike, using battery wire, said Razib Al Masud, deputy commissioner of the DB Lalbagh division, who coordinated the campaign to stop the gang.
DB police identified those arrested as Abul Kalam Azad, Md Rubel, Sagar Mia alias Bahani, Md Babu, Md Afzal Hossain, Rashedul Islam alias Russel, Md Faruk Hossain and Helal Hossain.
Upon information, a police team drove to the Madhubagh and Hatirjheel areas of Dhaka and arrested six gang members and recovered five stolen bikes in their possession on Tuesday, DC Razib Al Masud told the Daily Star.
Obtaining information from those arrested, the police team took a walk to Cumilla and arrested two other people and recovered 12 stolen bikes in their possession, he said.
“Sometimes gang members start working as security guards in targeted homes and then steal bikes when they can get them,” he said.
After stealing bikes, the group sends them to different neighborhoods to sell.
“When selling the stolen bikes, the gang said they were brought into the country through the border,” DC said.
Sometimes they would sell these bikes, claiming they would collect them at customs auctions and make fake auction certificates and documents, he added.
A complaint was lodged with the Hatirjheel police station.
During examination-in-chief, those arrested said that they drove the stolen vehicles themselves and sold them in the districts of Chandpur, Noakhali and Comilla.
“We have learned that this gang has been involved in this crime for 10 years. During questioning, those arrested admitted to stealing more than a thousand motorcycles,” said Madhusudan Das, deputy commissioner of the DB division. Lalbagh.