An umemployed man with such a fetish for large-screen cell phones that he snatched at least two — a Samsung Galaxy Grand and a Samsung Galaxy S4 — in the past couple of months was arrested on Tuesday night.
Prasanta Ghosh, 30, a resident of Nonadanga shanty off the EM Bypass, was surfing the Internet on one of the stolen cell phones when the tower location was tracked by officers of the anti-snatching section of Calcutta police’s detective department.Both the stolen phones were found on him, police said.
Ghosh lost his job as a labourer at a hosiery unit in Tangra two months ago but not his passion for snazzy phones. “He said he snatched mobile phones because he loved watching videos on large-screen cell phones,” said a senior officer investigating the case.
Both Samsung Galaxy Grand and Galaxy S4 have five-inch displays and are currently priced at Rs 18,750 and Rs 29,799 on a major online shopping portal.
Ghosh, who himself owns a Nokia Lumia phone, is being interrogated to find out if he has snatched more phones.
Explaining the modus operandi, the officer said Ghosh rode his motorbike and snatched cell phones from passengers sitting inside autorickshaws at traffic signals.
“Ghosh snatched both the cell phones from commuters stuck in traffic jams near Santoshpur Jora bridge in Ajaynagar,” said the officer.
The first victim was Debojoyoti Roy, 30, a software engineer. He was returning home to Santoshpur from his office in Rajarhat on July 9 when his Galaxy S4 was snatched.
Ghosh picked the second phone from a college student while she was texting. Both complaints were lodged with Survey Park police station.
CCTV footage showed a biker wearing a black full-mask helmet at the spot on both days. The registration number of the vehicle was blurred. “After the arrest, we found that he applied a thick coat of grease over the number plate so that the registration number could not be seen,” the officer added.
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