On March 16, a businesswoman living in a highrise on Kandivli Link Road noticed that her bicycle had been stolen from the society’s parking lot between 4.30 and 6.20pm. She lodged a complaint with the Kandivali police station. After checking the CCTV footage from the society, police started to probe. They tracked down the youngster, who is a class IX school student, on April 12. He admitted to the theft and 25 other stolen bicycles, besides the one belonging to the businesswoman, were found.
“The youngster would sell the stolen bicycles at throwaway prices,” said senior inspector Babasaheb Salunke, Kandivali police. He would target expensive bicycles parked in societies or parking lots in the Kandivali-Malad-Bangur Nagar belt. The rightful owners of all the bicycles have been tracked down and the stolen bicycles have been returned to them, police said. Investigators are now probing if the youngster had any accomplices.