On information, a team of CID arrested them from different areas of Dhaka on Wednesday, Sheikh Md Rezaul Haider, additional deputy inspector general of CID, told reporters at a press briefing at its headquarters today.
CID also recovered 265 stolen phones and nine devices they used to change the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) of mobile phones from their possession.
The arrestees are: Murad Khan, 23; Lablu Hasan, 20; Al Amin alias Anik, 20;Bashir Alam Shuvo, 30; Abdul Malek, 32 (owner of Mim Telecom); Tamim, 20; Shah Alam, 36; Swapan, 34; Jahangir Alam, 26; Imam Hasan, 22; Arif, 34; and Al Amin, 20.
According to CID, Murad and Lablu used to buy phones which thieves stole from people, mainly in public places and transports.
Anik, Bashir and Malek used to change the IMEI of the phones so that law enforcers could not trace those while the rest are members of the gang who used to sell the phones to public.
In primary interrogation, the arrestees told CID that they bought the IMEI changing devices from two mobile shops — Masud Telecom and Kabir Telecom — in the underground mobile market in Gulistan.