A class of new ‘e-age criminals’ have been selling stolen imported cellphones on the popular e-commerce site Flipkart. According to the Delhi police, a gang of six thieves that stole mobile phones from the cargo area of Delhi’s IGI airport has been arrested. The thieves had sold a total of 209 phones, of which the total value was around Rs.40 lakh.
The police said that they recovered 22 of 209 stolen phones from people who had bought them on Flipkart.
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The gang members had allegedly confessed to selling them on the site in order to earn extra cash.
Looking into the matter, police has approached the e-commerce giant Flipkart and asking them to help with the investigation. A total of six people have been arrested by the Delhi Police in this racket in which the thieves stole imported cellphones from airline cargo and then sold them online.
The buyers of these cellphones were traced from all over India, including Mysore, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Delhi and Chandigarh.
The case of missing imported cellphones came to Delhi police’s attention back in July when a Delhi-based logistics company reported that 600 of his high-end mobile phones were missing from a shipment that came from Hong Kong.
A special team was formed to investigate the matter and it was found that the phones were smuggled out of the cargo allegedly with the help of cargo personnel. The phones were then sold through Flipkart via an agent based in Rajasthan. On finding out about the racket, the Delhi Police had then sent a notice to Flipkart, asking them how these mobile phones were sold without verification as to were they were sourced from.