Mangaluru: Apartment secretary among four held for theft | Mangaluru News – Times of India


MANGALURU: City police have arrested four persons in connection with the recent theft of Rs 51 lakh and 250gram jewellery at an apartment in Idya, Surathkal. According to the police, the man who plotted the housebreak theft, is the apartment’s secretary and an ex-armyman.
The arrested persons have been identified as Naveen of Surathkal (main accused), Raghu C, Amesh A of Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, and Santosh of Belthangady. The incident took place at Jardin Apartment on August 17. Police have recovered Rs 30.85 lakh, 224gram jewellery, an SUV and a motorbike used for the crime.
Announcing the arrests and the recovery of stolen cash and valuables, Mangaluru city police commissioner Vikash Kumar Vikash termed it “an excellent crime detection”.
The police acted on the complaint by Vidya Prabhu, whose apartment was targeted, and arrested the accused. Vidya’s husband, who runs a fuel station, died due to pancreas-related disease a month ago. The couple never stayed in their apartment, but used to visit it occasionally, the police said. They lived at an independent house a few kilometres from the apartment.
“Naveen knew the couple’s movement as his house is right below their flat. He works as a manager at a local bar. As he knew the couple would visit their flat only for official work, he thought they would also keep cash from their transactions at the fuel station. Being the secretary of the apartment association, he hatched a plot to target the locked flat,” Vikash said, adding Naveen had taken voluntary retirement after serving the Indian army for 15 years.
Naveen was also in touch with some criminals in Kerala, and he discussed his plans to target the couple’s flat. Raghu, Amesh and two others, on being assigned the job, travelled to Mangaluru. According to sources investigating the case, they stayed at a rented room 3-4km from the apartment. Naveen also roped in one Santosh, a steward at his bar.
“The accused neither used a cellphone nor have left any major clue — they executed the heist meticulously. Many teams worked on the case probing it from many angles, but to no avail. The only clue helped us nail them was the CCTV footage,” said an investigating officer.
A case has been registered at Surathkal police station. A search is on to arrest two others.
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