Kochi

Gang planning burglaries across central Kerala nabbed

Duo stole oxygen cylinder from Perumbavoor shop in preparation for making a gas cutter

The Ernakulam Rural police on Sunday busted a burglar gang and arrested two persons on the charge of breaking open a shop in Perumbavoor and stealing an oxygen cylinder.

The arrested have been identified as Jayaprakash, 56, of Erattupetta and Aswin alias Pinto, 39 of Kannur.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team headed by Circle Inspector Baiju Poulose arrested the duo from a home-stay at Mararikkulam, Alappuzha.

Conspiracy

Officials said Jayaprakash, accused in 12 criminal cases, and Aswin, who runs an organic food firm in Australia, had conspired to conduct burglaries in Beverages outlets and financial firms across Central Kerala.

“They had stolen the gas cylinder for making a gas cutter and planned to break open the vaults of these shops during the Onam holidays,” said a police officer.

Jayaprakash, who had lived in the Middle East for 23 years, was acquainted with Aswin in the Gulf several years ago.

The duo had been in constant touch ever since and planned the burglary as a means of making easy money.

“Jayaprakash, who had been released from jail as recently as one and a half months ago, was working in a hotel in Kothamangalam while Aswin required money to shift his business to Netherlands. They had been staying together at the home-stay for the last two weeks for planning the burglary,” the official said.

During the investigation, the police identified the duo’s location with the help of the cyber cell and by examining CCTV footage collected from the crime scene. They were produced before a magistrate and remanded in custody for 14 days.

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