Chennai: Woman hires Facebook friend to steal dad’s car

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The accused works as a medical representative and this is his first involvement in a crime, police said.

Chennai: Police on Friday arrested a 27-year-old man who stole a car as a favour for a woman acquaintance he made through Facebook. The woman, daughter of a businessman from Kodambakkam, had sought the help of the accused, P. Chandru, to steal her father’s car and sell it to meet her expenses, police sources said.

The accused, a resident of Kalyanapuram in Vyasarpadi, works as a medical representative and this is his first involvement in a crime, police said.

Last week, the businessman, Shanmugarjan (47) had approached the Kodambakkam police with a complaint alleging that his Mahindra Xylo with registration number-TN09 BP 1080 has been stolen.

A police team traced the car to a godown in Vyasarpadi where it was kept by Chandru. Investigations revealed that the woman became friends with the accused through Facebook months ago. As she was in need of money and her parents had cut her pocket money, she decided to steal and sell her father’s car with accused’s help.

“The woman had helped the accused, by giving him a duplicate key of the car and the accused stole it overnight last week,” said a police officer. The car was secured before he could sell it. The accused was produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody.

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