Two Amazon employees steal 78 mobile phones worth Rs. 1 crore from Gurugram warehouse

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Two Amazon employees have been arrested for apparently stealing smartphones from the Gurugram warehouse of the company. Police said that the accused took advantage of lower security arrangements due to the pandemic at the Amazon’s warehouse to execute their plan of robbery. Both the employees stole 78 phones in total from the warehouse with a value of Rs. 1 crore with the help of their associates. Out of 78 stolen phones, 38 phones have been recovered from them holding value of Rs. 50 lakh but the remaining 40 phones are still missing. As per a report, both of them managed to steal one iPhone per day for nearly about two months.

The two accused are identified as Ansar Ul Hak and Nawab Sing. Ansar Ul Hak was arrested on Thursday from Kadipur in Gurgaon and Nawab Sing was arrested on Friday from Pataudi. As per the police, they were working for Amazon till September 2020.

After the lockdown, the warehouse resumed operation with social distancing norms including employees not going through mandatory checks after duty. Taking advantage of this, both the accused started stealing mobile phones stored in the warehouse. They used to take the phones out of the retail box and hide them on their persons while leaving. Over a period of two months, both the employees reportedly stole 78 phones and later quit the company in order to avoid inquiry. The theft came into notice of Amazon during its routine inspection on August 28th.

“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,” said Subhash Boken, PRO, Gurgaon Police.

“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. They will also be arrested soon and the remaining phones will be recovered,” said the PRO.

Giving thanks to the cops for their probe, an Amazon spokesperson, said, “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.

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