Karnataka: 6 jailbirds flock together, burgle 5 houses | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Six habitual offenders with past records of breaking into locked houses became friends during their prison days. After walking out on bail, they joined hands and burgled five houses in the city, Mulbagal and Hassan before landing in police custody.
Rajgopalnagar police recovered stolen property worth Rs 30 lakh from the arrested suspects Kenchappa alias Krishna, 34, of Doddaballapura, Harish Kumar, 27, and Naveen Kumar, 31, of Laggere, Mohammed Ibrahim alias Sohail, 36, of Doddaballapura and a native of Mumbai, Venkatesh Kumar, 34, of Ramamurthynagar and James, 35, of Hennur Cross.
DCP (north) Dharmender Kumar Meena said Kenchappa alias Krishna was the kingpin, who assembled the gang. “Kenchappa’s records show he is in field since 2012. He was arrested in at least eight burglary cases reported in rural Karnataka. Similarly, Harish is also an old offender and charged in dacoity, attempt-to-murder and temple theft cases. Mumbai-based Ibrahim was arrested by city police last year in a house-break theft case and he became friends with Kenchappa. Naveen Kumar is facing attempt-to-murder and kidnap cases. Venkatesh Kumar too faces different charges, including house-break theft. James is an old acquaintance of Kenchappa,” he said.
Kenchappa had come out on bail on December 9 last year. Next day, he along with others burgled a house in Rajagopalnagar and then fled to Mulbagal, Hassan and other places, police said. “They burgled the five houses in less than 15 days,” they added.
The team led by Rajagopalanagar inspector Ayyanna Reddy located the gang to Mangaluru beach on December 24. “Our team was watching them closely and reached the same beach. Then, a local miscreant stole their bag containing some cash and gold. Kenchappa and others created a scene on the beach while searching for the thieve. By then, our team picketed and arrested them,” said Meena.
Similarly, Bagalagunte police arrested a 20-year-old class 10 dropout on burglary charges and recovered stolen gold ornaments worth Rs 10 lakh from him. Accused Suman, who is from Shettyhalli and a native of Kodagu, worked as a washing machine mechanic during the day, said police.
“When he visited houses for repair work, he would look for locked ones. After identifying the target, he would return at night,” they added.

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