Mangaluru: Superintendent of Police Dr Sharanappa held a press meet at the SP office here, on July 15.
Addressing the mediapersons, SP Dr Sharanappa said that three interstate vehicle thieves were arrested by the Vittal and Bantwal police on July 15.
The arrested have been identified as Mohiddin Shariff (26), Davood Jaleel alias Jamcy (21) and Mohiddin Irshad (21), all hailing from the state of Kerala.
According to the police, the trio were stealing cars in the night and then using for transporting illegal sand to Kerala.
On receiving reliable information, Vittal, Bantwal and DCIB officers seized a pick up which was plying suspiciously near Saradka Check post and arrested the trio. Some people involved in this crime are at large and the search is on for them.
During the investigation, the police found that the vehicles were stolen. All the stolen vehicles, five pick-ups, two Omni cars and one Suzuki wagonR were seized by the police in Kumble.
The operation was carried out under the guidance of SP Dr Sharanappa, ASP Vincent Shantha Kumar, ASP Rahul Kumar, Bantwal circle inspector K U Belliyappa, Vittal PSI Prakash Devadiga Chidananda Rai, Shina Gowda, Praveen Rai Janardhan Harishchandra, Manjula, Sanjeeva Purusha, Girish, Vasu Naik, Sundar Raj. The officers that were part of the operation will be rewarded with cash prizes.
Through the arrest, the police found the connection of the trio with 7 cases out of which 3 cases are registered in the Bantwal Police Station, one in Vittal Police Station, and one case each in Mangalore South Police Station, Mangalore Urva Police Station and Kasargod Police Station.