A 17-year-old school student in the Indian city of Mumbai confessed to having stolen 26 high-end bicycles after a woman whom he stole from lodged a complaint about her lost bike.
The incident occurred in the city’s Kandivali area. After noticing that her bike was missing from the parking lot of her apartment, the woman lodged a complaint with the police who used CCTV footage to track down the accused.
The collective cost of the bikes he had stolen turned out to be nearly INR ₹400,000 (approximately USD $5,314).
The thief, a teenage boy studying in the ninth standard, was addicted to drugs and allegedly stole the bikes to fund his drug habit, local newspapers claimed.
After police tracked down the teen, he confessed to having stolen 26 bikes. All the bikes have since been recovered.
“During questioning, the minor confessed to having stolen 26 cycles. He used to sell these cycles to random people, saying his parents are ill and needed money for treatment. He would instead use the money to buy drugs,” an officer told reporters.