We can’t even count the number of times we’ve cursed the never ending city traffic but Lt. Colonel Pinaki Bani must be thankful to the congestion outside of his house which saved his BMW X5 SUV from being stolen. The accused, Jigar Patel, on pretext of buying Lt. Colonel Bani’s Maruti Zen, tried to runaway with the German SUV.
The accused, while having dinner with Lt. Colonel Bani, offered to get a good deal for the BMW X5 but the Army officer denied. He later agreed on taking the SUV out for a drive. However, once inside the car, Patel pretended that the vehicle would not start and asked Lt. Colonel Bani to take a look. As soon as Lt. Colonel Bani got out of the vehicle, he sprayed chilli powder at the Army officer and tried to run away with the SUV.
Here’s the CCTV footage of the incident:
As seen in the video, Patel floored the gas peddle and managed to breaks past the main gate of the building but was eventually stopped due to the traffic congestion. After getting stuck because of the traffic right outside of the main gate, the accused abandoned the SUV and fled away. He is still on the run.
Be cautious while buying or selling goods online. Last year, a thief posed as potential buyer and killed a Bangalore techie to steal his KTM 390 Duke motorcycle. While buying or selling online:
- Make sure to meet the buyer/seller at a public place
- Asking a friend to accompany you is good practice too
- Make sure to share the buyer’s/seller’s details with family and friends too.
NOTE: SUV in feature image is for representation purpose only