The man you see wearing a mask in the picture, Satendra Singh Shekhawat (35), with an MBA in marketing, has allegedly stolen over 20 luxury cars from different star hotels using the same technique.
The accused finally ended up in the cops hands on Tuesday after weeks of investigation. The police also recovered an Audi Q7 that he stole from Hotel Holiday Inn last month.
Shekhawat already has aa record of theft in which he was arrested thrice, and had served jail time in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, all for stealing cars.
Joint Commissioner of Police, Ravindra Yadav said, "With this single arrest, eight cases of car theft have been solved."
The case was taken over by Crime Branch on August 26, after an Audi Q7 was stolen from the driveway of Holiday Inn, Delhi. Later, the CCTV footage revealed a person talking on the mobile phone near the valet parking key stand and then taking off with the car.
The investigation revealed that there had been several cases of theft of luxury cars in several cities including Gurgaon, Pune and Mumbai.
On September 12, the police received information that Shekhawat would come near Hyatt Regency Hotel to pull off another job. The police set a trap and intercepted the Audi Q7 with Maharashtra registration plates. After further checkups, the Audi Q7 was found to be the same one stolen earlier from Holiday Inn hotel.
During questioning Shekhawat revealed that he was a known interstate criminal and had earlier been arrested in several cases of theft and assault. In February 2016, he was released from the Jodhpur jail and again started stealing high-end vehicles.
During interrogation, he revealed that he would sell the stolen vehicles to his the people who would use these vehicles to transport narcotics from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.