14 held; 21 burglary, 36 vehicle theft cases solved

Five masked men barged into a house of a retired BEL employee and made away with valuables and cash on Wednesday night in Remco Layout.

According to police, Krishnamurthy, 72, and his family were having dinner at their residence when the masked men entered the house at 10 pm and locked the door which was left open.

The men, who were armed with assault weapons, instructed the family to stay quiet, warning them of dire consequences.

Even as they were engaged in talking to Krishnamurthy, his son, a software engineer, knocked on the door.

The goons, however, pulled him inside and locked the door again. They threatened to kill everyone in the family.

The robbers took the cupboard key from Krishnamurthy and made away with 360 gm of gold and Rs 5 lakh in cash, the police said.

Burglaries solved

The Bangalore North division claimed to cracked 21 burglary and 36 vehicle theft cases by arresting 14 persons.

They have recovered valuables worth Rs 1.4 crore – 2.5 kg gold, diamond and silver ornaments, and 36 vehicles.

The Gangammanagudi police arrested John Melwin, a resident of JP Nagar, and Anand, a resident of RMC Yard, and recovered 1.8 kg gold, 1.5 kg silver and diamond jewellery, all worth of Rs 65 lakh.

The duo, who used to target locked houses, had been released from jail seven months ago. The police said they were receiving several complaints of burglary.

Based on suspicion, the cops picked up Melwin and Anand for interrogation. It came to light they were involved in several cases.

By arresting them, the police have solved 10 burglary cases registered in various police stations across the City.

The Sanjaynagar police arrested Satish Kumar, 27 and Srinivas, 28, both natives of Doddaballapur, and recovered Rs 9.8 lakh worth of gold and silver ornaments, vehicles and other electronic items.
In another case, Sanjay Babu, 20, a resident of Yeshwantpur, was arrested by Malleswaram police and Rs 5 lakh worth of gold ornaments and five bikes.

The accused used to threaten lone people in deserted areas and make away with cash and gold ornaments. He used to steal bikes which were parked in front of house by using duplicate keys.

In a similar case, Srirampura police arrested Harsha, 28, a resident of Pipeline Road in Vijayangar, and recovered 13 two-wheelers worth Rs 8 lakh.

His modus operandi was to steal newly registered bikes and sell it in various parts of the State with fake documents.

The RT Nagar police recovered Rs 7 lakh worth of gold valuables and 10 two-wheelers by arresting Lokesh, 25, a resident of Anekal.

He used to steal vehicles from parking lots by using duplicate keys.

The Yeshwantpur police arrested Manjunath, 20, a resident of Yeshwantpur; Vinay Kumar, 20, a resident of Chikkamarrenahalli; Taseer, 28, a resident of DJ Halli and Surya, 45, a resident of Frazer Town, and recovered gold valuables and two-wheelers worth Rs 4 lakh.

They used to pick pockets at bus stations.

The Vidyaranyapura, Hebbal and Rajajinagar police arrested Shyam, 31, Murali, 28, and Rajamma, 32, and recovered Rs 6 lakh worth of  gold and silver ornaments. Most of the accused were picked up on suspicion.

When questioned, they revealed their involvement in a series of robbery, house break-ins, thefts and vehicle lifting, a senior police officer said.

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