The Telegraph
Thursday , September 13 , 2012
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Boys snatch for easy pocket money

Durgapur, Sept. 12: Three schoolboys, including the son of the manager of a nationalised bank, were arrested today on the charge of snatching gold necklaces, credit cards and cellphones from women in Asansol for easy pocket money.

Police said the trio, two of Class VIII and one Class IX, had been snatching valuables for the past five-six months. The father of one of the Class VIII students is a bank official while the father of the Class IX pupil is a retired railway employee. The three study in a private English-medium school.

The police said the boys, aged between 14 and 16, had some “bad habits”, including consuming liquor and needed money. “To fund their bad habits and addictions, they started snatching,” an officer said.

“We have seized 10 stolen cellphones and some credit and debits cards from the three boys. We are trying to find out if they used the cards. Interrogating them, we came to know that they used to snatch such items to fund their bad habits. They used to intercept their targets on a scooty belonging to one of the boys. We have seized the two-wheeler,” said Suresh Kumar, the additional deputy commissioner of police (central).

The accused were sent to a juvenile court in Burdwan, from where they were shifted to a home in North 24-Parganas.

The boys’ parents said they were “shocked and shattered”.

“I used to dream that my son would have a good career. I never imagined he would become a thief. It is shocking. After learning about his activities, his mother has become ill and has not got up from bed,” the father of one of the boys said.