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Engg students try to sell stolen iPhone to owner

July 7, 2014

LOOKING to earn a quick buck, two engineering students from South Delhi first stole an iPhone and then tried to sell it off on OLX, a website for selling second-hand goods. But luck ran out for them as the owner of the handset, who wanted to buy a new phone, saw the online advertisement and contacted them.

The duo was nabbed when they tried to hand over the phone to the owner.

The accused have been identified as Rajat Kant Singh and Mahesh Kumar. Police said both belong to well-to-do families and are B. Tech students of a popular engineering college in Noida.

" The incident came to light a few days ago when the victim, Kushal Bansal, forgot his cell phone at an ATM in Connaught Place. He later approached the police and filed a report with the Connaught Place police station of New Delhi district," the officer added.

After reaching home, the victim started searching for a second-hand phone on OLX where he found an advertisement for the phone.

" The victim contacted the accused over phone, saying that he wanted to buy the second-hand phone. A deal was struck for ` 38,000. They first met at Malviya Nagar Metro station but the deal could not be finalised. They then decided to meet at Palika Bazar the next day to complete the formalities," a police officer said. After getting the phone, Kushal recognised his handset through the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. " He immediately informed us. Our team rushed to the spot and nabbed them. They were taken to Connaught Police station where they allegedly confessed to the crime," the officer said.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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