The Task Force police on Thursday arrested a man accused of stealing a Harley Davidson worth Rs 6 lakh from the motorcycle company's showroom in Hyderabad.
The accused identified as T. Kiran was arrested in Mumbai, after his movements were tracked with the help of CCTV footage at several petrol bunks he visited on the Mumbai highway.
The arrest came two days after Kiran, who identified himself as Tahir Ali and submitted fake documents on the pretext of a test dribe, sped away with a 'Street 750' model.
Surprisingly, the accused is an alumni of IIT Madras who is an assistant engineer with the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
A police officer at the Banjara Hills police station told TNM that he is the son of a retired army officer and they had brought the bike pack to the station from Mumbai.
The police were still trying to ascertain his motive, and the IIT connection has only made the case more puzzling, he added.
"All that he told our team on being caught in Mumbai that he was fond of Harley Davidson bike and wanted to own one â€” by hook or by crook," a police officer told The Hindu.
Following the theft, the Harley Davidson showroom management had given the police CCTV footage of the offender and lodged a complaint.
The police had registered a case under sections 380 (theft in a building) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC and a manhunt was launched to nab the offender.