Gurgaon Police has arrested two men who used to work at a warehouse of Amazon India. The accused have allegedly stolen 78 smartphones worth Rs 1 crore from the e-commerce platform’s warehouse. Initial investigation reveals that the two former employees took advantage of the security relaxations at the premises due to the pandemic to steal the phones. They stole the devices along with their accomplices, according to an Indian Express report. 38 out of the 78 stolen mobile phones have been recovered from the accused. The two arrested men were produced in court and taken into one-day police remand.
Amazon employees held for stealing smartphones from company’s warehouse
The Police arrested the two arrested men, Ansar Ul Hak, and Nawab Singh last week for stealing 78 smartphones. Both men, along with their accomplices, stole phones worth Rs 1 crore from Amazon’s warehouse in Jamalpur village. They took advantage of the company’s security relaxations amid the pandemic where employees were not checked while leaving the premises post duty.
“Using this to their advantage, the accused started stealing mobile phones stocked in the warehouse, taking them out of their boxes and hiding them on their persons while leaving. They left the boxes behind in the hope that this would prevent their crime from being discovered,” Subhash Boken, PRO, Gurgaon Police, said.
The company, on August 28, carried out its routine inspection. It found that a total of 78 smartphone boxes were empty. “Once the company discovered the theft, the two accused left their jobs. During questioning, they also revealed they had hidden the stolen phones in their homes and were looking to sell them,” the PRO said.
A total of 38 of the 78 stolen phones, worth around Rs 50 lakh, have been recovered from them. The accused also disclosed the names of other accomplices involved in the crime. The police said that the other accomplices will also be arrested soon and the remaining phones will be recovered.
An Amazon spokesperson also thanked the cops for their probe. “As India’s most trusted online marketplace we take any incident of theft seriously. We thank the local police for their investigation of the matter,” the spokesperson said.