Three who robbed spares from imported container arrested | Daily News

Three who robbed spares from imported container arrested

Three persons who robbed a container with vehicle spare parts imported from China taken from the Port of Colombo

after Customs inspection were arrested and a part of the stolen goods was recovered day before yesterday (5). The stolen stock of spare parts was worth more than Rs. 2.4 million. A complaint that had been made in connection with this theft.

This vehicle spare parts container had been imported from China by a businessman residing in Kotuwegoda, Rajagiriya. After the Customs inspection, this container was being taken to the business place, when its doors had been broken open and a stock of vehicle spare parts were stolen on April 27 in the Grandpass Mahawatta area. The businessman who had imported the container to Sri Lanka had complained to the Grandpass Police about this theft that happened in broad daylight.

Subsequent to investigations being carried out according to the complaint, the Colombo North Division Criminal Investigation Bureau had arrested several suspects. Among them was a resident of Nagollagama Rathmale, who had been the driver of the container truck, the police said. The suspect is 37 years. Police said further that the other suspects included a 56- year-old resident of Grandpass, Mahawatte and a 44-year-old resident of Kelaniya Pethiyagoda.

After these suspects had broken open the doors of the container and stolen more Rs. 2.4 million worth of vehicle spare parts from inside the container, they had closed it as it was, and even the seals had been replaced similar to what they had been earlier.

When removing the goods in this container, the businessman saw that there were less goods than the ordered quantity and had inquired from the relevant Chinese company about it. The Chinese company had confirmed that the goods have been sent as per the order.

Accordingly, the businessman had complained to the police about this theft. Here, the police first took into custody and interrogated the driver of the container. After a lengthy session of questioning, the driver had said that, he together with two others, had broken open the doors of the container and stolen some of the goods that were inside. They had sold the stolen goods. The police have found 37 parts of stolen goods from the places to where they had been sold. The arrested suspects were to be produced before the Hulftsdorp Magistrate’s Court.

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