Four school going boys of rich families held for snatchings

February 5th, 2009 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 5 (IANS) They always wanted their wallets stashed with cash, their bikes full of petrol and the girls impressed — and hit upon the idea of snatching gold chains and purses. Four Class 11 students from affluent families were arrested Thursday for a series of snatchings over the past seven months, police said here.The boys were arrested in Prashant Vihar area during a checking. Two of them are students of Himalaya Public School and the other two from the DAV Public School. All stay in Rohni Sector-7 of northwest Delhi.

Police have recovered seven bank cards, six mobile phones, Rs.1,700 and two bikes - a Bajaj Pulsar and a Hero Honda Karizma.

The police launched an intensive search late Wednesday evening after a woman was robbed of her purse.

Two boys were arrested first. And on their interrogation the other two were arrested. All have been sent to an observation home.

According to police, all the boys are from well-off families. The father of one runs a plastics factory while another’s father runs a tube light factory. The father of one boy is a real estate agent and the fourth boy’s family deals in dry fruits.

“The accused were carrying out snatchings for the past seven-eight months. Once they saw a real incident of snatching and thought why can’t they do the same,” said a senior police officer.

“They got inspired and each snatching helped them spend lavishly. They always wanted to have their bikes full of petrol and cash in their wallets. With each incident their courage and lust grew. They also wanted to impress the girls with cash in their wallets,” the officer added.

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