ANANTAPUR: A notorious criminal allegedly involved in thefts, chain snatchings, theft of vehicles, abductions and murders Kappeta Laxmanna (32) of Adoni in Kurnool district was killed in an encounter with the police on the Alur Road in Guntakal on Wednesday night. He was involved in crimes in Guntakal, Yemmiganur, Aluru, Adoni, Bellary and Khammam.He was escaping on a two-wheeler after committing a chain snatch in the town. When contacted, Additional SP (OSD) G. Vijaykumar told The Hindu that Laxmanna had escaped from the escort of a jail in Bellary four days back and an alert was sounded in the neighbouring district.

He was involved in a murder case in Gutakal and was also expert in theft of parked two-wheelers and four-wheelers.