Panaji: Goa police have arrested 37 thieves who have recovered 90 mobile phones stolen from tourists celebrating New Year in the northern coastal belt of the state.
Superintendent of Police (North) Nidhin Varsan told reporters on Monday that three different gangs from Maharashtra, West Bengal and Rajasthan-Delhi are active in the state and have arrived here for New Year celebrations. He said it was discovered that he had stolen a cell phone from a tourist.
He said a total of 37 thieves were arrested by Calangute and Anjuna police stations and 90 mobile phones worth Rs 1.5 crore were recovered.
The SP congratulated Deputy Superintendent Vishwesh Kalpe and Inspector Paresh Naik of Calangute Police for their exceptional efforts in apprehending the thieves.
Varsan said the thieves were arrested using intelligence information received. He said all three gangs operated independently.
The SP said the gang arrived in the state with a specific objective of targeting tourists and stealing their mobile phones. He said all kinds of mobile phones, including some high-end ones, were recovered from there.
Varsan said during the new year, Anjuna police station received 90 complaints of mobile phone theft and 100 people registered complaints in Calangute.
He said the number of theft cases has almost halved compared to last year, but the recovery rate has increased.