Police nab inter-State burglars in Mysuru

Recovers valuables worth over ₹10 lakh

A gang of five inter-State burglars, who had been stealing valuables from locked houses in the city, were nabbed by the police.

The City Crime Branch (CCB), which had been entrusted with the task of tracing the accused after a series of burglaries were reported in residential quarters in restricted areas like Defence Food Research Laboratories (DFRL), Indian Air Force and Rare Materials Project (RMP) quarters, recovered gold and silver valuables and other items worth more than ₹10 lakh from them.

The accused hailed from the hilly districts of Dhar and Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh and a police team from Mysuru had to face a hostile situation when they went to their native places to recover the stolen goods.

The first breakthrough in the series of burglaries came when the police, acting on a tip-off, arrested Bharat, 27, and Kalu Dawar, 25, both natives of Dhar, from Dr. Rajkumar Park on Harsha Road in the city earlier this month.

The duo was arrested with a bag of implements they were using to break into houses. They led the police to three more associates – Man Singh, 30, and Alam Singh, 21, from Dhar, and Par Singh, 47, from Jhabua, who were allegedly plotting burglaries in houses in Hebbal.

The accused confessed to burgling 28 houses in Mysuru, Shivamogga, Bhadravati, Belluru and parts of Tamil Nadu. Bharat was also allegedly involved in 23 other cases of burglaries in Chittoor, Kadappah and Nellore districts in Andhra Pradesh since 2015. He had been arrested and was out on bail.

The police said they used to identify houses with hanging locks and those that had piles of newspapers. After nightfall, the accused would break in and decamp with valuables in almirahs. The stolen valuables were taken to Madhya Pradesh and sold, the police said.

Advisory to residents

In the wake of the spate of burglaries rocking the residential quarters of Union government institutions in the city, the police have advised residents to use a door lock instead of a hanging lock and stop delivery of newspapers and milk while out of town.

Residents have also been advised to inform the jurisdictional police station as well as neighbours when leaving town.

They have been advised against keeping a lot of gold and silver and cash at home. Instead of leaving behind valuables in almirahs, they have been asked to safeguard them in secret places in the house.

The city police have already issued notices to authorities in the government institutions to install CCTV cameras and strengthen security to prevent burglaries.

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