Duo steals cars for parties, long drives with girlfriends; arrested

The Khar police on Thursday arrested two men for allegedly stealing cars, one of which they used to attend parties and impress women. The police have allegedly recovered six Honda City cars from them.

Police said to steal cars, the duo — Zuber Mustafa Shaikh (29), a resident of Chapel Road in Bandra, and Shabbir Ali Sayed (19), a resident of Mumbra — used a master key their friend had given them.

The car thefts came to light when officers from Dharavi police station picked up the duo on suspicion a day earlier. They were nabbed during a nakabandi and failed to give satisfactory answers to questions the police asked them, said an officer. They could not produce relevant documents and licences, he added. The two allegedly confessed that they had stolen the car they were travelling in from Khar.

When the Khar police took their custody, the two told them that they were given a master key of Honda City cars by a friend, Nadeem. They told the police that they stole cars to attend parties and take their girlfriends on long drives. According to the police, the two would abandon the cars when they ran out of petrol.

Police said the duo are from well-to-do families. While Zuber works at Manish Market as a salesman, Shabbir is a student of IT at a reputed city college.

"Nadeem might be a member of bigger, professional gang of car thieves. We are tracing him to find out if he has master keys for other cars as well," said an officer from Khar police station.

"The accused will be produced in court on Friday," said assistant police inspector Navnath Sonavne.

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