How 450km chase, 100 CCTV footage helped Bengaluru police crack gold theft case | Bengaluru News – Times of India
BENGALURU: It took a 450-kilometre journey and scanning of over 100 CCTV images, including those collected from toll plazas, for Sampigehalli police to trace 440 grams of gold stolen by a seven-member gang of robbers recently. The kingpin of the team was picked up from his hideout in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh.
The gang had fled with 1.2-kg of yellow metal from a city-based goldsmith, police said.
On February 19, Shivaram from City Market filed a complaint stating some miscreants had stolen gold ornaments placed inside the dicky of his scooter. “Shivaram stopped near a private school in Hegde Nagar and went to relieve himself. The thieves, who followed him for more than two kilometres, broke open the dicky and fled with valuables,” police said.
CCTV footage from the place of incident showed the suspects had fled towards Kolar in three motorbikes. From there, they got into a car and drove to Nellore. “We started chasing them by examining CCTV images and by February 20 evening, we arrested the prime suspect – R Chella Prabhudas, 27, of Nellore. We are tracing six other members,” deputy commissioner of police (DCP) north-east CK Baba said.
In another incident, Amruthahalli police arrested three Nepalese men, working as security guards, on charges of breaking into a locked house and fleeing with gold and silver ornaments worth around Rs 13 lakh.
“The theft was committed on March 13 night. CCTV footage helped us in identifying the accused and tracing their movements. On March 14 night, we found their mobile phones were active in the busy Majestic area. We rushed to the spot and arrested them. They had planned to travel to north Karnataka and then to Mumbai before taking a flight to Nepal,” an investigating officer said.