Mobile thief picked up in his own wedding reception

Shimla: Law caught with a mobile phone thief who was picked up from his own wedding reception after he had tied the wedding knot and promised to be by his bride for the next seven generations.

Giving details of the catch, Manohar Lal, SHO of Ani police station in Kullu disclosed, “we were on the lookout for Vikas Prasher, a 24 year old serial thief mainly of mobile phones for the last five months.”

On a tip-off that Prasher had just got married and was to attend a wedding reception at his native village Challan, in Kumarsain on Tuesday, the Ani police crossed over river Satluj to lay a trap for the newly wedded husband.

Prasher who had managed to hood-winked the police in an earlier raid found himself in an awkward situation, facing a police arrest before his newly wedded wife and other reception guests. “This time however, he made no attempt to escape,” said Suresh Kumar, a resident of the area.

Modus operandi of the mobile thief used to be that he would take up a job as a help either in a household or a shop. After attaining the trust of the employer over four or five months, he would suddenly vanish stealing many things while ensuring a signature theft of mobile phones.

“Other than the police in Ani, police in Narkanda too had been on the lookout for Prasher for the past many months for having stolen 9 mobile phones from Nankari area, which is about 20 Km from Narkanda,” said the police officer.

To evade arrest, he had shifted base and move into Kullu valley and was working in Bhunter area for about six months. Hooking up with a girl to get married and come home for a wedding reception proved the undoing of the mobile thief.

The culprit after being booked under section 380 and 342 of IPC and on orders from the local courts has been handed over to Narkanda police for further investigations, said Lal.

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