The theft took place on September 14 in the Kachiwada area. Police commissioner Yashasvi Yadavan had immediately ordered for an enquiry into the matter.
After the preliminary probe, three constables were held guilty of dereliction of duty and Yadav issued suspension to the trio on September 22.
The accused, Shahrukh alias Waheed alias Charlie Waseem Shaikh (20), is a resident of Kaziwada of Bhadkalgate area in the city.
Police inspector Hemant Kadam said, “The suspect has cases registered against him. He confessed of disliking policemen and said on that day, he found it be an opportunity for troubling the cops, so he stole the phone having GPS from the patrolling car.
Shaikh stole the cellphone at 11.15pm on September 14 from the Kachiwada area in the city, while the vehicle was patrolling in the neighbourhood.
Detection branch head constable Shaikh Gaffar received a tip-off about Shaikh’s involvement in the crime, following which he was rounded up. The suspect had not switched on the cellphone, fearing detection by police.
Yadav said, “We have already punished the guilty policemen for dereliction of duty and now those who have caught the accused would be rewarded with Rs10,000 in cash.
Earlier, the officer had said that if policemen cannot prevent theft of their own things, how can they prevent valuables of the commoners from being stolen.
A police officer said that the preliminary inquiry indicated that more than one constable might have been sleeping during the night patrolling. Taking advantage of the asleep cops, the suspect was successful in stealing the cellphone.
Five months ago, the Aurangabad police installed GPS in 85 cellphones for four-wheelers and 40 phones for two-wheelers to double them up as communication sets. These mobile handsets would become wireless devices and provide GPS facility too. This way, the police control room would to keep a track of the vehicles.