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Boy steals bikes for ‘long rides’

He is 15 and bikes are his passion. What sets him apart from other teens is that he has allegedly stolen eight bikes for “long rides”.

Police arrested this Class X student near the Kankurgachi Pantaloons showroom where he was allegedly trying to steal a Bajaj Pulsar on Tuesday morning.

The sight of a young boy in school uniform, trying one key after the other to unlock a bike, raised suspicion of some policemen in mufti.

“Two bikes had been stolen from the Phoolbagan area over the past seven days. We had posted policemen in plain clothes to keep an eye on the parking area near the store,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

“The officers confronted the boy and sought an explanation. He tried to lie his way out but our men found a bunch of keys when they frisked him,” Ghosh added.

Police sources said a bunch of “no less than 40 keys, of various makes” was found on him. He apparently failed to provide an explanation and hence was detained.

The boy was arrested after he allegedly confessed to the crime. He was produced at a juvenile court.

The police claimed that the boy, a resident of Girish Park and a student of a Hindi-medium school, has confessed to have stolen at least eight bikes, mostly from parking lots of malls and big stores, over the past few months.

“The boy said he would steal a bike for long rides and then dump it on a crowded road. He claimed that he did not retain any of the stolen bikes for more than a few days,” said an officer of the detective department.