Looted through OLX, engineer uses Facebook to get culprits nabbed

Haidar Naqvi, Kanpur: After being robbed of his motorcycle by miscreants who gathered information from used goods online marketplace, OLX, an

engineer tracked them down through social networking site Facebook.
The accused were arrested on Monday night when they were returning from a friend’s place.
According to report, two men reached the house of an engineer Rachit Verma in Allengunj last week and said they wanted to buy the motorcycle, which he had advertised on OLX, and sought a test ride.
Rachit took out the motorcycle and handed over the keys of the vehicle to them at Motijheel, about 2 km away from his house. Instead of giving him money, they held Rachit at gunpoint and later made away with the motorcycle.
However, Rachit refused to give up. While searching OLX, Rachit managed to get the mobile numbers of the duo. Through this number, he tracked the Facebook account of one of the accused and then tracked the other. He searched all the details of their Facebook accounts for two days and also went through their friends’ list and photographs.
Rachit circulated the pictures of the duo among his friends and their common friends and finally got their addresses. He passed on the information to Swaroop Nagar police.
“I was shocked the way I was robbed. They had used a website to reach me,” said Rachit. “I’d no other way to go after them in the virtual world. I am happy my approach bore results. I would like to appeal to the people not to leave personal information on websites. If someone genuinely wants the item you have advertised, he will come to you,” he said.
“Both the accused, Akhilesh and Abhishek, have been arrested. The complainant relentlessly pursued the culprits and managed to identify them,” said circle officer, Swaroop Nagar, Rajesh Singh. He added that police might recover more vehicles through them in the days to come.
The cops produced the accused in the court which remanded them to judicial custody for 14 days.