A 20-year-old man stole a police patrol bike which was parked outside the Chaderghat police station in Hyderabad. According to reports, a two-member patrol team came to the station and as they were thirsty they forgot about the keys and left it in the bike. The bike thief identified as Kanaka Madhu, a native of Suryapet, who was passing by the station noticed this and sped away with the vehicle, according to media reports. The incident took place at midnight on Tuesday.
However, his joyride came to an end within 40 minutes, after the Rachakonda police, who were alerted about the vehicle being stolen, caught him and handed over to the law and order police.
Minutes after the police realised that their vehicle was stolen, using the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) tracker system which was fitted in the vehicle, they tracked the bike and alerted the Rachakonda police on the walkie-talkie about the vehicle travelling towards their direction.
The vehicle was coming from Uppal and the accused was headed to Khammam district, according to police.
LB Nagar Traffic Police Sub-Inspector K Narasimhulu who was regulating the traffic along with constables M Arun and Ravinder received an alert. â€śAfter receiving information through wireless set, we stopped the two-wheeler and handed Madhu over to the law and order police. Madhu said he was headed to Khammam,â€ť Narasimhulu told The Hindu.
Subsequently, the Chaderghat police arrested Madhu and a case under IPC Section 379 (Punishment for theft) was registered against him.
During the inquiry, Madhu did not give a proper answer to the police as to why he stole the vehicle.
Meanwhile, Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat gave a cash reward to the three police personnel who nabbed the accused.