Interior designer turns chain thief to fund game

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His luck runs out after five years; police recover 51 gold chains, two bicycles and a car

His luck runs out after five years; police recover 51 gold chains, two bicycles and a car

City police have arrested a 35-year-old resident of Puttenahalli, who has been implicated in multiple cases of chain abductions over the past five years.

Santhosh, originally from Tamil Nadu, is a B.Com graduate and works as an interior designer in the city. To finance his addiction to gambling and other vices, he had resorted to chain robbery, police said. They recovered 51 gold chains weighing a total of 2.5 kg, two bicycles and a car used for the crime, with a total value of ₹1.5 crore.

Puttenahalli Police, investigating a chain theft case in July 2022, hit a roadblock when they discovered the bike seen in CCTV footage had a fake number plate. Four special teams were formed to solve the case.

“We analyzed footage from hundreds of CCTV cameras at and around the crime scene. The person never took off their helmet and the bike had a fake license plate. The only clue we had was the helmet. However, a technical investigation trying to track the mobile number that moved in sync with the movement of the bike led us to the suspect, and we recovered the bike and helmet that we had seen in the CCTV footage,” said a senior police officer.

Police arrested Santosh and under sustained questioning he confessed to committing the crime for five years now. “We were surprised that he got involved in so many cases without getting caught,” a senior official said.

Police recovered 51 gold chains, some from him and some he had pawned at various stores in town. Police claimed to have solved 32 cases across the city at Byadarahalli, Mahalakshmi Layout, Marathahalli, Vijaynagar, Hanumanth Nagar, Subramanyapura, Malleswaram, Puttenahalli, Devanahalli, Vidyaranyapura, Mico Layout and other police station boundaries.

Santosh went to the RTO website and changed the license plates on both of his bikes to avoid detection, police investigations have revealed. He used to tear off chains whenever he needed money to fund his vices and lay low days later, police said.

He always worked alone on his bicycle, his face covered with a helmet. However, the police also arrested an accomplice Ravi, 35, his friend who provided him with logistical support for a share of the proceeds of crime, but he claimed he did not know the nature of the crime Santosh was engaged in, police sources said. .

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