Mobile Pickpocket and I Feel So Lifeless

It was 7:00pm on a Saturday evening when I reached BTM layout and was waiting for a Volvo bus. It was just 7:00pm and I don’t know where in the hell were all the Volvo buses that evening. I waited for over 25mins for a Volvo to turn up, but it didn’t. I was forced to board a normal bus which was crowded like hell with drunken stinking losers hanging inside. Most of the public buses in Bangalore have hydraulic doors. The hydraulic system is so horrible that the speed at which the doors closes is like smashing a door in anger! Scary!

With the fear of those hydraulic doors, I rushed inside the bus. There were 4 guys who were blocking my way from going inside the bus. I requested one guy to give me some way, but he refused. I tried pushing him, but he didn’t move! I was like, “F it!” and stood there itself. I then realized that I was expecting an SMS and I reached my hands into my pocket to take my phone and found out that it was missing. I searched all over and I looked at the guy standing next to me and he was in a hurry to get the hell out of the frikkin bus. All the 4 of `em were rushing out of the bus when one man asked:

Man: What happened? Is something missing?

Me: Yeah! My phone is missing!!!

Man: I think the man who stood next to you took it.

Me: Agrrr!!! You telling me this now after he got down? 😡 😐

I went mad and jumped out of the bus and ran back to the place where they got down. I caught the guy who stood next to me in the bus and checked his pockets, but he was clean. I think he had already passed the phone to someone amongst the other 3, but those 3 were missing. People at the bus stop were curious to know why I was checking him.

He deviated my mind saying:

Thief: Look there! He’s boarding the bus. Catch hold of him. He has it.

Me (Holding his hand tight): WTF? How do you know it’s him?

Theif: It is him! You check him!

Me: Okay come with me.

I literally shouted the man boarding the bus to get out and he innocently got down and this guy (the thief) starts to escape. He tries to board the moving bus and I try to pull him off the bus. His slippers fall off and hops on the bus with bare foot. I followed the bus till the next stop and couldn’t find him. When enquired with the people inside the bus they said, he got down mid-way. I was so frustrated and walked back to the previous stop thinking if I could find him somewhere. While I walked back, a man who saw me holding his hands at the bus stop came to me and said, that guy just came back, took his slippers and ran away from there. I lost all hopes of getting back my phone and the next thing that came into my mind was to block my sim. It was 8:15pm and I was sure that the Airtel office would have been closed by that time. I felt so helpless. I shouldn’t have had fallen for the trick he played :(

After a night and a day without a phone, I feel so lifeless.

Image Credits: Outlook India & Blogshank
  • http://lifeloveandlogic.wordpress.com/ Sudarshan

    Dude!! I know the feeling. I will feel like someone died if I lost my phone 😐

  • Nanda

    Hey…. that was indeed a bad experience. I too had similar experience when my wallet got robbed in a similar fashion. Nevertheless, I did not bother to chase the unknown. That’s a different story.

    One more thing Joel, please dont get me wrong…. when you narrarte a scenario, articulate the matter in a same tense. For example, in the para when you stated….”I literally shouted the man boarding the bus to get out and he innocently got down and this guy (the thief) starts to escape. He tries to board the moving bus and I try to pull him off the bus. His slippers fall off and hops on the bus with bare foot.” …. you started off with past tense, then you continued the topic with present tense. Suggest you to keep your tenses consistent for effortless reading.. otherwise, it is a good piece of writing!!!

    Thanks,
    Nanda
    Technical Editor
    Wipro Technologies

  • http://twitter.com/joelfernandes Joel

    @Suda Yeah :(

    @Nanda Thanks Nanda for the comment :) And thanks a lot for the advice. I really appreciate it. That has helped me improve my writing skills :) Keep visiting and please find out more mistakes ;D

  • Hans Peter Pinto

    dude ,sad 2 hear bout ur whole story . . . addi tol me oly part of it . . . .next time b a bit alert . . .anyway ur buyin a new handset which is expensive so u vil automatically b cautious tahn b 4 wat say . . .

  • http://opinionsandexpressions.wordpress.com/ Reema

    Awww too bad. But I think one doesnt need to go to office to block sim. U just have to call customer care. I had once lost my mobile and did the same.

  • http://www.santoshgs.com Santosh

    Holy crap dude! I’m sorry to hear about this. Sounds like you had a horrifying experience.

    And I know you were upset about losing the phone and everything, but going behind a gang of three, and confronting them alone is pretty foolish. I dunno where you got the courage from though. Bravo buddy! :)

  • http://tarunksblog.blogspot.com/ Tarun K

    wrote a blog here (http://tarunksblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/mobile-theft-in-bmtc-buses.html) about my pain and realized that I am not alone.
    Looks like I should just stop using non volvo buses.

  • Alex Jacob

    same thing here today… Not only did i get pickpocketed two other chaps got pickpocketed of their mobiles as well. I am checking through various blogs, this is starting to b much of a problem in bangalore, and these people are turning out to be professional. And it wasn’t just two or three there were at least 12 people who boarded the bus in a frenzy. and all of them exited the bus in a similar fashion. i am sure more than three of us lost our mobiles today. BTW this happened between Kormangala and Egipura.

  • satya

    Hei… Today it was around my turn of loosing my LG cookie mobile phone, but luckily could escape when I felt some one trying to remove it..
    This happened when I’m travelling from jaya nagar 9th block to banshankari. The guy standing next to me was holding a big jacket in his hand, covering my pocket and his hand, he slowly started pushing my mobile upwards from jeans pocket, when I realized something moving from my pocket. Mobile was almost half outside when I checked it, and that fellow in turn started shouting that I’m standing in the way and he wants to get down.. I was in shock and by the time I realized they got down. There were 3 people and they immediately crossed the road and took the bus moving on opposite direction… I think it’s better to be careful and watch for the people standing beside us.. Especially if they are trying to forcibly cover our pockets with some things….

  • Saptee

    well, its still very fresh, about some 5 hrs back I wud say, was waiting for a volvo in the KBS and there were none for 20 straight mins, can u believe it? I touched my wallet at the rear pocket of my jeans and assured myself it is still there. Just when I was contemplating on putting it in my front pocket, noticed a bus of my direction just arriving..rushed at it, fought my way in to get a much needed seat and found the only empty seat was being reserved by the guy seating next to it with his damn bag..told him to move the bag, but he bluntly refused..I said f**k it in frustration and just touched my rear pocket as a habit and there! my wallet was gone by then..how guilty can u feel when u were just thinking of saving it minutes back and then couldn’t do that! I feel awful! I mean money comes and goes, thats fine, but loosing it like that..well I never felt more stupid in my life I bet!

  • Saptee

    and these days, any expensive items in your pocket when u r boarding a f’ing BMTC bus is a liability..thats why I turned to private vehicle yrs back..couldn’t beat it though!

  • akshay

    After reading the above posts, I now remember how I lost my Nokia 2690 today. I’m guessing that as soon as the bus 342 arrived at the Koramangala Water Tank bus stop many people surrounded me and started to push me to get inside the bus. It was a Pushpak bus ie front entry and one guy just stood near the door and blocked me from entering while others from behind started to push me from behind. In that complication somebody might have lifted my 1 month old mobile from my front left pocket. My wallet which was on front right pocket was safe. The guy who was standing in front of me did not board the bus and came outside the bus, hence this thought.

    Guess there is a gang operating in this area & my friend has also lost his mobile near Domlur. In his case the police refused to take complaint & asked him to get the original bill of purchase of mobile.

    In my case I needed to block my BSNL SIM. Even for blocking my SIM, BSNL asked for a police “Lost SIM” complaint (not FIR). Finally I took a duplicate SIM after giving a copy of police complaint.

    What is a possible solution to mobile thefts ?

  • Kamal

    I too list my mobile in the same way, some three or four people crowded me n started pushing me from all around, after few minutes everything was clear, i dont know wat happnd, i checked my front pocket for my Nokia 5530 n it was gone…… It was dear to me n i really wish if i cud get my hands on that guy, wanna beat shit out of him…..

  • Santosh

    I am a recent victim of this, and after reading these comments, I feel I should have read them earlier and avoided the frickin BMTC bus. The modus operandi was the same in my case too. One person was unnecessarily blocking me from getting into the bus, while others were pushing me from all sides. When I checked my pocket 30 seconds later, my iPhone was gone!!

    I guess any such unnecessary blocking/pushing should be seen as a sure shot sign of pick pocketing activity, and the guy who is blocking/pushing unnecessarily should be thrashed then and there. Only then these buggers will learn a lesson.

    The police is also involved in this I feel, because in most cases they refuse to take down a complaint, and act as if this is normal.

  • Prabal

    Even i lost ma mobile….on 22nd May..Saturday night 9.35PM…BTM(Mico layout) Bus Stop…Bus No:201 going to Domlur..Normal bus..what Joel said..Same way they thefted ma mobile….Its just 5 second difference…I just shouted.. One guy told…some 2 guys got down the bus…I searched…no body was there..
    Later i thought…..it was he.its him oly(90%),who told some 2 guys….balaa..blaa..
    Its became a common issue in bangalore…201 Bus No..is in hit list of thefts….
    Some thing…some solution need to be made..for these things..
    Should stop crowding the bus…
    Regular volvo buses to any place at any time…
    Rikshaws should move on their metre price..not on their own …

  • Prabal

    Even i lost ma mobile….on 22nd May..Saturday night 9.35PM…BTM(Mico layout) Bus Stop…Bus No:201 going to Domlur..Normal bus..what Joel said..Same way they thefted ma mobile….Its just 5 second difference…I just shouted.. One guy told…some 2 guys got down the bus…so i got down started searching…no body was there..
    Later i thought…..it was he.its him oly(90%),who told some 2 guys….balaa..blaa…
    Its became a common issue in bangalore…201 Bus No..is in hit list of thefts….
    Some thing…some solution need to be made..for these things..
    Should stop crowding the bus…
    Regular volvo buses to any place at any time…
    Rikshaws should move on their metre price..not on their own …

  • Renaud

    they have taken my wallet with 13k and something, yesterday 10.12.2011 at Shivajinagar :(

  • Kiran Kumar Singh

    Brother, I am really facing the same embarrassment that you faced some days before. It’s really embarrassing brother as I lost my Motorola Motorockr E6e mobile at the morning time. It’s very irritating, I can’t express in words. SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com Kiran Kumar Singh

    Brother, I am really facing the same embarrassment that you faced some days before. It’s really embarrassing brother as I lost my Motorola Motorockr E6e mobile at the morning time. It’s very irritating, I can’t express in words. SAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Manish

    mann……. i lost my cell phone same way….loosers block the way and someone then steals the cell phone…. it happened with me few days back….. today it happened with one more guy, i kept telling everyone that catch hold of the fellow who blocked the way… thats the modus operandi and they are a team. But no-one paid attention.

    And at ejipura the whole group got down and ran away.

    I think. the koramangala ejipura… junction is cursed it seems…maximum blogs have stories for this route only…..

  • bmtc travellr

    bmtc is filled with thieves .. even conductors work hand in glove with them … buses are crowded with stinking gays …

  • Hari

    It’s so painful to understand the reality when I touched my empty trouser pocket. Oops! My mobile lost. Today, 29 March 2012, I embarrassed the same feeling and pain when I got to know the missing of my 4 months old HTC Wildfire S phone. I lost my mobile while boarding a Volvo bus at Ramamurthy Nagar Outer Ring road signal bus stop. The time was around 8:10AM the bus stop loaded with a huge crowd of passengers who were waiting for their bus to reach their office or work place. I too was one of the passengers in the crowd and was curiously traversing thru some of my official emails received in the handset. Same moment I noticed a 500D Volvo bus stopped at the bus stop and I rushed to board the bus. While I was moving to board the bus, I safely put the phone in my right side trouser pocket, but (within second) soon after I board the bus (the doors were not even closed then), I got to know that reality of unavailability of the handset in my trouser pocket. Seriously, I become dead for few minutes. I was not aware how to respond or alert it. However I managed to share the happening to the passenger who stood near to me. I dialed my number with the help of my co-passenger, but it’s already rolled out to so many hands. No response… after sometimes, it’s out of network coverage area. Finally, around 2 to 3 hours after it completely dead and started saying bye bye.. Switched off. That the true end of my mobile. I connected Airtel, HTC, Ramamurthy Nagar Police station and even the flipcart.com from where I purchased, but no one said any positive answer but only baseless pacification. Seriously, when I read this blog, I understood I’m one among you in that stable. I really don’t know what our administration is doing or act up on to stop/chain such culprits. I don’t know.. what to do?

  • vaibhav agarwal

    I guess i am the latest victim of mobile theft. I lost my Samsung Galaxy Advance S in bus no. 201. I boarded the bus from Sony Signal and surely had my mobile in left pocket. Then after crossing Ejipura Signal i realized that my mobile phone was missing. At Ejipura Signal i also face the same pushing and crushing by 3-4 people. Seriously had i learnt about their modus operandi i would have been more careful. I later on called on my number , the thief picked the phone and told that he had found it lying on sony signal and he is standing there. I rushed towards sony signal in an auto. when i reached there and called , my phone was switched off and nobody was there. I was just stunned for a few second…..Then i went to police station at koremangala to lodge a complain. There also police wrote lost complaint not theft one. They had told me to check after 1 week if mobile i traced. Though i have very few hopes that it will be recovered.
    Later on i went to vodafone store at indranagar to get duplicate sim. The guy over there told me that he was in the same bus in which my mobile was pickpocketed. He narated his own incident of theft of mobile and said that he keeps his mobile in his bag.
    My whole purpose of narrating this incident is that we should take some lesson out of it.
    I think it makes sense to keep mobile and wallet in our bag because taking something out of bag is a lot more difficult than taking out from our pocket. The more disguised it is the better. These are my 2 cents. Please suggest any other preventive action to avoid such a mishap again.

  • pradeep

    Hi,
    I am the recent victim for this. I lost my samsung galaxy s3 mobile 1 week back in a similar fashion near domlur bus stop in 201. Around 4 people as a group is responsible for this theft. One person from behind is pushing and will not give you a way to go inside and other person from front will keep hand so that you cannot move anyside. At last, when I got a doubt and checked my pockets, my mobile was lost. By the time I realised, bus stop came and, theifs got down of the bus and escaped. We need to find a solution for this. As many people from bangalore is suffering because of this.

    Regards,
    Pradeep

  • Arjun

    I lost my new Sony Experia today in the morning at Kalyan Nagar bus stop while boarding 500A to Manyata Tech Park. It was the same modus operandi as mentioned above. First, they blocked my way while getting into the bus and then couple of pick-pocketers rushed from behind even though the bus was relatively empty. Before I could take my seat, I realized that my phone had gone missing. I immediately informed the conductor who said that it probably fell off the bus! When I insisted that it did not fall off and asked him to identify the people who boarded the bus along with me, he said they had already got off. Got off within half a kilometre?! I asked him how could they got off so early and he had no answer. I took the conductor’s phone and called my number but it was switched off. While this incident happened around me, I noticed that the conductor did not issue a ticket to me despite giving him the money. He had also not issued any ticket to those two to three others who got onto the bus along with me and then got off mid-way.

    I wonder if the conductor is hand in glove with the thieves. Will any conductor in the world stop the bus mid-way(about half a kilometer from the last stop) at the will of passengers who did not pay for their ticket? That too in an empty bus? Anyways, this is just half the story.

    I immediately went to the Banaswadi police station to register a complaint. It was quite a painful experience. The police was rude and wasted precious time. The head constable who I approached blamed me for my “negligence” and refused to take the complaint. When I insisted, he asked a constable to check the bus stop area to ascertain the “police station limits” – whether it comes under Hennur or Banaswadi – and he’d take the complaint. As I prepared to goto along one of the constables to show him the bus stop to confirm the police station limits, he suddenly refused to come along with me as I had no vehicle. Instead, he asked another constable, who had a bike, to take me along. This constable refused to come along since his bike’s fuel tank was empty! I was feeling quite helpless at this point and then luckily the SI had just arrived near the gate and I narrated the incident to him. He then sent me along with another constable who checked the bus stop from far, shook his head and drove back to the police station. He did not bother to get off the bike to do a basic check or enquiry. Reason? Because his duty was over!

    I returned back to the police station with the confirmation that the place of theft does fall under the Banaswadi Police Station limits, the head constable finally took the complaint. This head constable however asked me for the mobile bill. (Do people carry the bill along with the phone every time?). I politely told him that I will get the bill later. After a new sarcastic remarks, they let me go. I took them in good humour and went back in the evening along with the bill and IMEI number.

    This time around there was a new head constable who was refusing to take the IMEI number! He was even more rude and harsh. In fact, he was hopeless in his behaviour. Had he been in school, even the most sane teacher would have broken his jaw to teach him some manners.

    After I insisted on making a note of the IMEI number, he took a piece of paper, scribbled the number with no reference or whatsoever and asked me to go. I asked him to attach it to the earlier complaint for reference but he refused and asked me to come again tomorrow in the morning. Guys – when you lose your phone then be prepared for more torture.

  • Sudhir

    Guys, even I had the same experience in 201 bus. We should have some plan to nab these guys. Police knows which gang does this but they dont want to disclose for some reason. Let me know if any guys are interested. My email id is nayaksudhirnayak@gmail.com. We need to discuss about this.

  • Gopu Krishnan

    I would say it is a huge racket and police,bus drivers, conductors everyone is part of this. We cant do anything or make an army to catch these **** guys.

  • Varun Wachaspati J

    Absolutely True. The same thing happened to me while boarding a BMTC bus but unfortunately my phone was stolen. Obviously it is group of people who had planned this out very carefully.
    Few Pointers which were common in your case and mine –
    1) Crowded bus, although I had waited out for everyone to get out but once I got in there were two men who got hold of me to get down. Very Suspicious.
    2) One guy again decently well dressed with a bag in hand and long hair was hanging around at the bus stop and had been seated there for a quite while.
    3) Not a single soul cared to my tragedy, I tried to create a ruckus. No support from the conductor or the driver.
    4) Of the two guys who got hold of me started arguing with me, and had been trying to deceive me by saying that he saw someone get down and all. Pursuing me to follow him. I was very confused.
    5) All of this happened in mere 15-20 seconds of me boarding the bus. Hence very well planned and was executed by professional pickpockets.

    Also in my case the police asked me not to report a pickpocket and rather made file a lost phone case,even after I had quarreled for an hour with him. I think even the police is involved or just don’t want to do their duty.

    I am new to the city, I never thought such things happened over here. It was deeply disturbing and traumatizing experience. Bengaluru isn’t that safe now. Especially in buses.

    Just for info this happened on BMTC bus 323G boarded on Ramagondanahalli Bus Stop.

    Be careful kindly