Woman cons key-makers to open locked houses; held

City cops solve 14 cases; recover articles worth `20 lakh; 6 held

Woman cons key-makers to open locked houses; held

In a major haul, City Police have recovered Rs 20.70 lakh worth articles, including gold ornaments, silver articles and two-wheelers. Six persons, including a woman, accused in different cases have been arrested.

Addressing media persons, here, on Thursday, Police Commissioner B Dayananda said, “The cases solved include house burglary and theft registered in Kuvempunagar station, vehicle theft cases registered inside and outside the city, cracked by Vijayanagar police with the arrest of a vehicle lifter. In another case, two house burglars were arrested by the city crime branch (CCB) personnel”.

Explaining the modus operandi of the accused arrested by Kuvempunagar police, DCP (Crime and Traffic) M M Mahadevaiah said, “The prime accused, Pragna, used to target locked houses. After making a recce of such houses, Pragna would approach duplicate key- makers. To earn the confidence of the key-makers, she would pose as a relative of the family, that has locked the house and gone outside.

The gullible key makers would open the locks, unaware of her motive. Using the same trick, she, along with her accomplices Pradeep and Srinivas Prasad, had gained entry into a house and had decamped with 361 grams of gold worth Rs 9 lakh”.

Vijayanagar Police arrested Balaraju, 22 years, from Hebbal, and recovered 12 two-wheelers worth Rs 6 lakh. A native of Tumakuru district, Balaraju was working at a shop in Bengaluru.

He would come to Mysuru to lift vehicles and would dispose the booty among his relatives. With his arrest, the police have solved 10 cases registered in three different stations in Mysuru, seven at Vijayanagar, one each at V V Puram, Saraswatipuram and Metagalli and one at Kadugodi station in Bengaluru. The owner of the vehicle in another case is yet to be traced.

The CCB personnel arrested two persons — identified as Bhagwan, 22, from Nanjangud, and Ravi B V, a daily wager, from Kushalnagar in Kodagu district. A total of 215 grams of gold valuables, 650 grams of silver articles, foreign currencies, camera and mobile phone — total worth Rs 5.70 lakh — have been recovered from them.

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