PUNE: The police on Monday arrested Omkar Patil, a 19-year-old Narhe resident, and recovered 10 stolen motorcycles worth Rs3.5 lakh from the teenager.

Ironically, Patil’s journey into the world of crime began when his father gave him Rs 70,000 to join a coaching class to prepare for police recruitment. Instead, the teenager blew the money on partying with friends. Soon after the money was exhausted, Patil started stealing motorcycles to fund his lifestyle.

The police have also summoned four persons who had purchased bikes from Patil at a throwaway price in the past.

“We will take action against these persons too,” said Shrishail Chiwadshetti, assistant inspector of the Bharati Vidyapeeth police.

Chiwadshetti said police constables Ganesh Chinchkar and Mahesh Mandlik had received a tip-off that a youth was standing near Navale bridge with a stolen bike. “We went to the spot and took Patil into custody for questioning,” Chiwadshetti said.

During the interrogation, Patil admitted that he had stolen motorcycles from the Sinhagad Road and Katraj areas. “We have recovered 10 bikes from him,” Chiwadshetti said. “He used to sell each motorcycle for just Rs 10,000 and promised the buyer of getting the documents in a few days. However, he never delivered on the promise,” the officer said.

Chiwadshetti said Patil had learnt the technique of stealing motorcycles from a video-sharing website.

“Patil would first break the handle lock and push the motorcycle to some distance. Then he would connect the ignition wires to start the bike and flee on it,” Chiwadshetti said.

“Patil had been stealing bikes for the past one year,” he added.

After selling the bike, Patil used to spend the money on partying. “He used to throw parties for his friends from Narhe,” the police said.

Chiwadshetti said Patil’s parents are from the farming background.

“Omkar’s father said he had given Rs 70,000 to his son to get admission in a coaching class. He wanted him to join the police force. The father did not know that Omkar had spent the money on merrymaking. He was also unaware that his son had started stealing vehicles,” Chiwadshetti said.

A court remanded the teenager in police custody till August 10.

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