A team of Ahmedabad rural police’s local crime branch (LCB) arrested three men for in connection with the theft of goods – primarily electronics items – worth Rs 10 lakh. Police have recovered goods worth Rs 9.22 lakh from the trio and got information about where they had sold the goods.

According to investigators, officials of the online retailer Amazon approached police after they learned during stock-taking that goods worth Rs 10 lakh had gone missing over the last six months. The goods stolen included LCD TVs, laptops, high-end cameras, mobile phones and tablets.
“During our probe, we realized it was an inside job and identified the persons responsible. We found the involvement of Vijay Solanki, 23, a resident of Dholka, Dharmendra Solanki, 23, and Hasmukh Sonara, 29, both residents of Bavla. Dharmendra was responsible for packing parcels according to orders. Vijay was responsible for looking at returned goods and Hasmukh was a delivery man,” said an LCB official.

A team led by inspector S N Chaudhari and sub-inspector S N Ramani arrested the trio. They confessed to stealing from the warehouse and selling off the goods.
“Dharemendra would get ordered goods to pack, but would fill the package with stones or other waste. He would then order something of insignificant value from the website. As he was responsible for packaging, he would pack the stolen goods in that package. For example, he would switch a laptop and the laptop would be packed for delivery to himself in a box meant for water bottles,” said Ramani.
Moreover, all the returned goods did not make it back to the warehouse as the trio would take some of the boxes and extract the goods. They would then sell the goods in the market, added investigators.

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