ISLAMABAD - Koral police have arrested a car thief, who is also a government employee, and recovered nine stolen vehicles from his possession, said the police sources here on Friday.

The car thief has been identified as Malik Imran, a resident of Satellite Town Rawalpindi and a driver by profession at Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission. The sources said that the thief had stolen cars from Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Nine vehicles were recovered from his possession, said the sources. A few cars were parked in his house and a few cars he had handed over to his friends, said a police officer who is close to the development. According to the police, the man lifted cars and used government number plates so as to deceive the police on pickets. He also sold the parts of cars like CNG kits and others in local markets.

The police claimed that this is for the first time that nine stolen cars were recovered from the possession of a car lifter.

It is to mention here that in first four months of this year, 172 vehicles and 92 motorcycles were stolen from the capital. However, Margalla police station is on the top and 44 vehicles were stolen from its jurisdiction.

When contacted Station House Officer SHO, Koral, Abid Ikram confirmed that police have arrested Malik Imran and recovered nine vehicles from his possession. The officer said that during the investigation, the man has confessed his crime. Later, he was produced before the court where he was sent to Adiala Jail on judicial remand.

According to Capt (Retd) Ilyas Ahmed, head of Special Investigation Unit (SIU), the arrest was a big achievement for police as it would help the police trace further stolen cars. He said that the SIU had already geared up its efforts to trace the gang involved in car theft cases and majority was arrested since the revamping of SIU.