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Truck Stealing Gang busted, 8 Arrested in Jajpur

Jajpur, Nov 29: Police on Saturday claimed to have busted a gang of robbers who were stealing the trucks parked on Highways in Jajpur district with the arrest of eight people.

Police recovered a stolen truck, a SUV, weapons, 56 truck tyres and 12 mobile phones from the gang on Thursday. While they caught 8 gang members, five managed to flee, said Jajpur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Santosh Kumar Nayak.

Police claimed that the gang was also involved in stealing many trucks in other districts including Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar, Angul and Khurda districts besides Jajpur.

The gang was operating in a technical manner by dividing its members into four teams. The inter district gang used to steal parked trucks on National and state highways and sell them in and outside the state.

Police had formed a special squad to nab the gang after a number of trucks were stolen in Jajpur district. More than 94 trucks were reportedly stolen in the district in last two years.

The ASP said the 13 member gang used to divide themselves into four teams during operation.

"While the first team consists of four members kept a close watch on the movement of trucks on National or state highways and collect information regarding their parking places, the second team, consists of two expert drivers loot the vehicles from the parking places," he said.

He said the stolen trucks would then be handed over to third team who works as the custodian of the looted vehicles adding fourth team comprise of garage owner and Kabadiwala (scrap merchant) collect the truck and sold them in and outside the state.

With PTI inputs

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