NEW DELHI: Volha Thomus, a tourist from Belarus, had to spend some agonising hours when her high-end camera was snatched by three people during a trip to Humayun's Tomb on Tuesday. However, the police recovered the camera worth Rs 5 lakh within 18 hours. Three people, including a juvenile, have been caught.
The other accused have been identified as Salman (21) and Samad (22). While Samad was involved in at least eight snatching and burglary cases earlier, both Salman and the juvenile are first-timers.
Thomus, a professional photographer, and her husband Christopher have been in Delhi for the past 10 days to take photos of Delhi's monuments as part of an assignment.
Both went to Humayun's Tomb on Tuesday but Christopher soon stepped out to take a phone call. Around 12.50pm, while taking pictures, Thomus noticed three people running towards her. They then pounced on her, snatched the camera and ran away.
She alerted other visitors who tried to chase the criminals but they managed to scale the boundary wall and flee. Christopher, who was waiting outside, later said he also saw them running but had no clue about the incident then.
A case was registered in Nizammuddin police station under IPC 379 (theft) and 356 (use of force during theft). DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya formed four special teams led by SHO Satender Mohan.
In the next few hours, all local criminals were rounded up for questioning and CCTV feeds were scanned. Raids were also conducted in a 10km raidus from the spot. In the early hours of Wednesday, the police finally got a tip-off about the accused in New Friends Colony and nabbed the trio. The camera was also recovered.
Times of India | Oct 5, 2017, Page-8