PUNE: Thieves targeted as many as 11 cars parked on BMCC Road in Deccan early on Sunday morning and stole mobile phones, laptop and other valuables worth over Rs 1.51 lakh from the vehicles.
A city-based hospital had organized a marathon run. The designated start point for the run was on BMCC Road. Most participants had parked their cars alongside the road before heading off for the run.
One of the participants in the marathon, Vijay Prabhakar Gurav (59), registered a complaint with the Deccan Gymkhana police station later in the morning. Gurav is a businessman from Keshavnagar in Mundhwa.
According to the complaint, valuables belonging to 17 marathoners were stolen by the suspects. The suspects allegedly acted swiftly under the cover of darkness and the downpour.
Senior police inspector Deepak Lagad of Deccan Gymkhana police station said that a theft case has been registered against the unidentified persons.
“The marathon was organized by a city-based hospital but the authorities representing the hospital had not taken a formal permission from the police. Moreover, they did not even inform the police about the marathon.”
Lagad said that the police officers had checked the CCTV footage that was recorded by a few cameras located on the road but the captured footage did not reveal the suspects in action.
The hospital had organized the marathon to promote organ donation and a number of doctors, surgeons and organ transplant donors as well as patients had participated in the run.
According to the complaint registered with the police, Gurav and his daughter reached the Deccan area around 5.30am on Sunday to participate in the run. They parked their car alongside the road in front of Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce.
After completing the run, Gurav and his daughter returned to their car around 8am and found that the window on the front door had been broken. Gurav had kept two wallets and a mobile phone on the dashboard of the car. The wallets and the phone were also stolen by the suspects, the FIR states.
Similarly, the cars belonging to other marathoners were also broken into. Medical practitioner Shubhangi Surwade, a resident of Lullanagar, submitted her statement to the police claiming that unidentified persons broke the window of her sedan and stole her mobile phone, jacket and cash. Surwade’s three friends had kept their mobile phones and keys in her car. These too were stolen.
A similar incident had taken place on Balewadi High Street on August 25 this year. Unidentified thieves damaged the windows of nine cars parked along the road and stolen valuables worth Rs60,050 belonging to various persons, who were participating in a marathon.

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