Gang of burglars wanted in 62 HBTs held

Gang of burglars wanted in 62 HBTs held

A gang involved in over 62 house break-ins and thefts were caught.

Kingpin Raja alias Japan Raja (40), his elder brother Gopi (43), residents of Devarachikkanahalli near Hulimavu and David (34), a resident of Magadi Road, were picked up by Kemapura police.

Gold worth Rs 34 lakh and a two-wheeler were recovered, said police commissioner T Suneel Kumar.

In 2018, in a month, the brothers ransacked 44 houses, stealing gold weighing 4.75 kg, before they were arrested and remanded in custody.

In prison, they befriended David. On bail in February, the trio ransacked 18 houses in two months.

Raja indulged in HBTs (House Break-in and Theft) for the past 15 years. In 2007, Raja met Neelamma from KP Agrahara.

She rented an auto-rickshaw to Raja. He would drive the auto and pay her a share of the earning. While driving around, Raja would identify locked houses to break in later.

Neelamma used to help sell stolen jewelry. Police have cracked nine HBT cases registered in Magadi Road, Sheshadripuram, Annapurneshwari Nagar, Anugondanahalli and Maluru.