Thimphu police apprehended 5 youths aged between 13 to 18 years from Langtasa, Khasadrapchu, Thimphu on the night of 21 September. All the suspects reside in Khariphu and are students.
An initial complaint was made to the police by a 42- year-old man at around 7:30 PM on 21 September. The complainant along with his friend caught a youth throwing stones at his parked car. Just as they tried to get the miscreant youth under control then four of his friends came to help him. However, the victim managed to escape from them and got hold of one of the mobile phones from the youth group. He ran to a labor camp and alerted the police about the incident.
Police made all the arrests immediately as the youth could be traced easily from the phone that the victim could snatch from the group. Police also recovered the mobile phone along with Nu 4,000 stolen from the parked car.
In addition, police said that they received few such cases of car robbery from same area in the past, however, they could not get hold of the suspects as that particular place is big area covering around 10 Km of roads from the main highway. Police said that they have conducted a week long night operation deploying more than 20 police personnel in the past.
During the course of investigation, it was learnt that the same 5 suspects were involved in the cases reported in the past. Police said that they have all confessed three such crimes committed in the past.
In the earlier cases, the group had stolen 3 mobile phones, Nu 13,000 and had damaged few cars as well. Police are suspecting more youths to be involved in such cases. “This group of youth is after cash, and they threaten victims at first so as to take all the belongings from the victims,” police said.
Though the suspects have been booked for robbery, however, the police said there is every chance that they might land up committing heinous crimes if left unchecked.
As per police records, starting January 2018 till date, there were 632 cases of stolen or lost mobile phones, of which they could solve more than 100 cases. All the suspects are being detained for further investigation