He had scored 98% in his class 12 exams from a government high school in northeast Delhi and also earned an MBA degree from a Ghaziabad college. But when 31-year-old Mohammad Sajid failed to get a good job to feed his family of five, he tried his hand at giving English and math tuitions to children in his neighbourhood. When the extra effort also failed to bring in the money, he started his own gang of burglars, police said.
On Sunday, Sajid was arrested with 72 mobile phones he had stolen during three burglaries in the past six months. Police said Sajid gave tuitions during the day and burgled at night.
Deputy CP (crime) G Ramgopal Naik said Sajid stealing was caught by CCTV cameras twice in the past four months.
“We had identified him. He used to live Sunder Nagri with a brother and mother. When he came to know that police are searching for him, he moved. On Sunday, we got information that he would come to a cinema hall to meet one of his associates. He was spotted and arrested,” Naik said.
The DCP said, Sajid took them home from where they recovered 72 mobile phones. Sajid claimed to have stolen these phones during three burglaries which he committed in the past six months.
During interrogation, Sajid told police that he completed his MBA about 10 years ago. “He said he could not get any well-paying job and started giving tuitions. He used to teach 5-6 children at a time,” the DCP said.
Sajid told police that he roped in his friend Pankaj and they started stealing mobile phones and selling them. Police said they sold most phones for around ₹6,000-7000. “Gradually, they took to burglaries and used specially modified rods to break open the lock of closed phone shops. They used to target shops in Nand Nagri, Karawal Nagar and Loni in Ghaziabad. Sajid continued with his tuition classes during the day, the DCP said, adding that searches to locate Pankaj are underway.