close
close

Four people arrested after Clifton Driving Licence Branch theft case solved

A photo of the Clifton Driving License Branch Office in Karachi. — Website/dls.gos.pk/file

Four suspects, including the prime suspect and three shop owners, were arrested in connection with the recent theft at the Clifton Driver License Office. Items stolen during the robbery reported on June 27 were also recovered.

This was disclosed by SP Clifton Uzair Ahmed at a press conference in his office on Friday. During the robbery, hard drives, RAM, processors and a laptop were stolen from the driving license office. The robbers first disconnected the system from the CCTV recording room before carrying out the theft.

Initially, it was suspected that an insider from the branch was involved in the robbery. Investigators took the fingerprints of 80 employees and also conducted geofencing. Although no video footage of the robbery was found, investigators obtained a video in which a man named Hasan, Farooq’s son, was seen acting suspiciously.

Hasan was a painter by profession, had done painting work in the office and was familiar with the office system. According to the SP, Hasan planned the robbery for several days and carried it out on June 27.

A team was formed to investigate the robbery, including DSP Ahmed Ali Shah of the Driving Licence Department. They were able to trace the robber and the shopkeepers who had purchased the stolen items and recovered the stolen items.

The SP clarified that no data was stolen in the robbery as the driving license database is stored at the Central Police Office. The stolen items did not contain any data, he said, adding that the stolen items were used to run the computers.

The officer, however, termed the robbery a security breach and said that an investigation was underway. He said the stolen items were being sold in Saddar. He added that the robber was a young man. Shopkeepers should verify the ownership of the items before purchasing them, the SP said, adding that a hard drive worth Rs 60,000 was sold for Rs 10,000.

The suspect had planned the robbery with a partner but carried it out alone. He also confessed to carrying out the robbery alone, the SP said. The suspect told interrogators he found out about the computers on YouTube.

The total value of the stolen items was Rs 2 million, but they were sold for Rs 200,000. The suspect had previously done painting work at various police stations. He made his first robbery attempt at Bilal Colony police station.