The police recovered stolen goods worth Rs 3 lakh, including 7 tolas of gold ornaments, 4 wrist watches, 8 cell phones.

Hyd police arrest tea vendor for burgling houses with the help of Google Maps
news Crime Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 08:57

The Cyberabad police on Friday arrested a notorious house burglar and detected 14 property offences under the limits of Narsingi, RC Puram, Pet Basheerabad and Dundigal Police Stations of Cyberabad.

The accused, identified as Manjula Chandrashekar alias Chandu, had also allegedly carried out robberies in Khammam, Guntur, Tirupati, Tiruchanur, PM Palem and Vizag.

The police recovered stolen goods worth Rs 3 lakh, including seven tolas of gold ornaments, four wrist watches and eight cell phones.

The 31-year-old accused is a tea seller by profession.

“The accused is a native of Dharmavaram Town in Andhra Pradesh’s Ananthapur District. He is addicted to vices like consuming of alcohol and smoking of cigarettes by mixing cannabis. He studied up to Class 7 and later he learnt how to repair TVs at his native place,” the police said in a press release.

Police said that he came to Hyderabad in 2009, and after committing a slew of crimes under the jurisdiction of several police stations, he was arrested and sent to different jails.

“He did not change his attitude, even after coming out of jail. He was arrested in as many as 50 cases and Cyberabad Police booked him under PD Act in 2015 and sent him to Central Prison, Cherlapally. In 2016, he was released from jail, and again he started committing offences,” the police added. 

The accused also had six associates who were arrested earlier and sent to jail, the police said. 

Explaining the modus operandi, the police said that the accused would identify independent houses and villas via Google Maps, before he entered through window grills, sliding doors and some occasions by breaking open the windows and main door locks.

“The teams had made sustained efforts and collected relevant information about the movements of the accused and intercepted him on June 14 under the limits of Narsingi near Royal function hall, when he was in possession of a bag containing one kg of ganja,” the police said.

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