CCTV footage helps Bengaluru cops crack theft cases | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: “Have full knowledge of suspects with criminal antecedents living in your jurisdiction and monitor them.” This is what senior police officers tell cops on the field every now and then. Though such suggestions sometimes fall on deaf ears, they seem to have worked in two cases.
Three mobile phone thieves were caught within eight hours of case registration while another thief was nabbed less than a day after a complaint was filed. Police patrol staff and CCTV footage played vital roles in both cases.
The first case was reported in the morning of November 19 when a youth filed a complaint saying his mobile phone, kept on the wall of an under-construction building in RR Nagar, was stolen on November 16. Inspector M Shivanna and his staff started studying CCTV footage and scanning old-time offenders living in and around RR Nagar. By 6pm, prime suspect, Kiran Kumar from Channasandra, was detained.
He confessed to the crime and also led cops to two aides — Chetan Kumar of Talaghattapura and Darshan of Sunkadakatte. From them, cops recovered 21 mobile phones stolen in the past couple of months. The trio, all in their early 20s, allegedly stole mobile phones from labourers living in makeshift sheds, truck drivers sleeping in their vehicles and people working at construction sites. Sources said Kiran was earlier arrested for burglary and CCTV footage showed him and two others roaming near the under-construction building.
In the second incident, a woman forgot her bag in the car that was parked outside her Chandra Layout residence on Thursday.
The bag had 103g of gold ornaments worth Rs 4.6 lakh. Late at night, she remembered and checked her car, only to find the bag missing.
She lodged a police complaint on Friday. Close examination of CCTV footage by inspector Manoj Hoovale and team threw up a vague picture of the suspect — a lean middle-aged man. The team then studied the list of suspects living in that jurisdiction. On Saturday morning, cops arrived at the doorstep of Nayaz Pasha, 50, a resident of Chandra Layout. “Pasha is an old-time offender facing theft charges. CCTV footage showed a man walking near the car a couple of times on Thursday night and then fleeing with the bag,” an officer said.
‘Instal cameras’

DCP (west) Saneev M Patil urged citizens to instal “as many CCTV cameras as possible” in their neighbourhoods. “CCTV footage helped crack these two cases swiftly,” he said.

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