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Techie logs out burglar in no time

Staff Reporter

Amazing presence of mind saves his house from being burgled


  • Bolts the door from outside and dials police
  • Knife, toy pistol seized from accused person
  • Accused turns out to be notorious offender

    HYDERABAD: Picture this: dead in the middle of a night, a robber after picking up all valuables from your house is about to leave. You return from the night show and see the doors ajar.

    The heart thumping, you walk in only to be met by the cold menacing glare of the stranger. What would you do in such a situation?

    A situation like this is sure to leave anyone terrified and panicky, but not this software engineer Sanjeev Dinesh Mishra.

    Mr. Mishra was in a similar position on Monday night but with his sheer presence of mind, he not only saved his house from being burgled, but also helped the police catch a notorious offender.

    It was around midnight when Mr. Mishra returned to his flat at Satya Sai Apartments at Bagh Amberpet after having dinner at his relative's house. As he neared his apartment on the first floor, he noticed the missing door lock.

    `I was shocked'

    He was shocked to find the robber ready to leave with his television, laptop and other valuables. "For a few seconds, both of us stared at each other. But even before he could move, I quickly came out and bolted the door from outside," recalled Mr. Mishra.

    Next, he promptly dialled 100 and within 10 minutes, the police were at his house. The police opened the door and took the culprit into custody.

    "Before the police could come, he tried to jump out of the balcony, but he failed as it had grills," Mr. Mishra said.

    To the surprise of the police, the robber turned out to be habitual offender S. Mukesh Kumar.

    The police seized a knife and a toy pistol from him. The police also recovered three stolen motorcycles and other valuables worth Rs. 2 lakhs.

    History-sheeter

    Mr. Mishra, who works with a software company in Hi-Tec City, says: "He was hardly four metres away from me. I developed cold feet but held on to my nerves. Luckily, I was close to the door and therefore I quickly came out and bolted him inside."

    The offender even laid hands on Mr. Mishra's clothes and perfumes.

    The police said that Mukesh had earlier committed offences in Tappachabutra, Gandhinagar, Asifnagar and Chikkadpally areas.

    "I was very happy to see the police arrive so fast," smiles 30-year-old Mr. Mishra, who hails from Nagpur.

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