We, at Cartoq, have always maintained that every car owner should install a GPS device in his car. Today, most GPS devices offer a host of features, including monitoring speed, etc. However, the real advantage is that it offers real-time data on the location of your vehicle. This comes in handy when your vehicle is being used by a friend or your kids. You can not only monitor the location of your vehicle but also the speed at which it is being driven. Recently, a car owner in Maharashtra used the GPS device to trace his stolen vehicle. It also helped the police nab the young car thief who is said to have stolen a number of cars and SUVs.
Revan Sontakke, a 20-year-old youth from Latur, Maharashtra, has been taken into custody for stealing many four-wheelers from Kolhapur and Sangli. The cops have also recovered two Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and the aforementioned GPS-equipped car from him. According to cops, Sontakke started stealing cars after studying the modus operandi of reel-life car thieves in Bollywood movies. He has allegedly stolen a Mahindra Scorpio SUV from a garage in Kolhapur late last year. He also allegedly stole another SUV from a garage in Sangli on July 5.
Recently, on August 3, he stole a car from Kolhapur. However, the latest car stolen by him was equipped with a GPS device, which helped its owner trace the location of his missing car. Soon, the car owner alerted the cops. As per the GPS device, the car was in Krishnanagar in Mohammedwadi, where Sontakke was visiting his uncle. The young car thief abandoned the car as soon as he realized that the cops were on his trail.
A team led by Crime Branch inspector Anjum Bagwan, under the guidance of Deputy Commissioner Shirish Sardeshpande and Assistant Commissioner of Police Bhanupratap Barge, traced and arrested the car thief while he was travelling in one of the two stolen SUVs. Sontakke told police that he stole the keys of the vehicles from garages in Kohlapur and Sangli to drive away with the cars late in the night. He used the vehicles for ferrying passengers between Hadapsar and Solapur. Sontakke has been booked under section 41 (d) of the CrPC.
Source – Times of India