Two drug addicts have been arrested in the Capital on Friday for stealing taps from the YMCA building in Connaught Place on Friday.
Chandan Kumar (30) and Suraj Singh Rawat (24) used to board the first metro every morning from Uttam Nagar metro station to Rajiv Chowk and Barakhamba metro stations in search of premium taps installed in offices and institutional buildings.
Since April, the duo started stealing taps and selling them off after learning that most of the buildings in Delhi's largest commercial hub were empty early in the morning.
During investigation, police found that the two did not use any equipment to remove the premium taps from the washrooms of these buildings.
THREE TAPS STOLEN
Following the same modus operandi On April 12, Chandan and Suraj entered the CCL building, YMCA at Jai Singh Road, which was empty at that moment. Both managed to take out three taps from the second floor washroom.
As soon as the taps were taken out, the entire floor was flooded with water which alerted a security guard, who had arrived on duty.
The man rushed to the second floor and caught the two red-handed. When he tried to nab them, Suraj managed to escape.
The guard then informed the security supervisor of the building, who further made a call to the police control room.
The team reached the spot and apprehended Chandan and recovered the two Jaquar taps. During interrogation, he revealed the name of his accomplice Suraj, who was later nabbed during a raid. A third tap was recovered from him.
ADDICTED TO DRUGS SINCE LAST YEAR
Both of the accused are residents of Uttam Nagar and are unemployed. The duo became addicted to drugs since last year and started stealing iron and steel items, including taps. Both, also confessed about attempting to steal a manhole cover once. On further interrogation, the two revealed that they used to collect and sell premium bathroom taps to scrap dealers.
Suraj and Chandan also confessed that since they weren't getting enough returns from selling local taps to buy drugs, they started stealing and selling premium taps.
The two have been booked under Sections 380 (theft), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. Now, they are lodged in Tihar jail. It is also to be mentioned that in early April, seven bathroom taps were also stolen Ferozeshah Road residence of Nationalist Congress Party MP Majeed Memon.
The thief left the house, in the high-security Lutyens Zone, without stealing anything else. Memon, also a noted lawyer, had lodged a complaint regarding the theft with the New Delhi district police. Lutyens Zone, where the bungalows of VIPs and VVIPs are situated, has been in the news for the past few months as thieves are regularly targeting the high-profile homes and stealing whatever they can get, be it nameplates or front gate lamps.