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Burglars fly using victims' money

Staff Reporter

Gold, silver ornaments and bikes worth 50 lakh recovered

— PHOTO: NAGARA GOPAL

Rich haul: Cyberabad Police Commissioner S. Prabhakar Reddy presenting gold jewellery recovered from a gang on Friday.

HYDERABAD: Cyberabad police on Friday recovered stolen gold, silver ornaments and bikes-all worth Rs. 50 lakh-by arresting 12 persons, including three burglars who used to fly business class using victims' money.

The three accused-Bukya Nagaraju, 22, M. Bhaskar Rao, 41, and P. Uma Maheswara Rao, 31-formed a gang after they were arrested and lodged in jail after they were convicted in different cases, Cyberabad Police Commissioner S. Prabhakar Reddy told a press conference.

As for the modus operandi, they used to rent a house in a locality and then select locked houses around by doing reconnaissance of the area and subsequently break into them during the night. The gang earlier struck at different places in the four southern States and in Maharashtra. After coming out from the jail, the trio burgled 54 houses in Andhra Pradesh in the last two years.

In order to commit offences in other States, they used to fly business class and check into star hotels.

Pleasure trips

The gang made pleasure trips to Ooty, Kodaikanal and Goa by spending money accrued through sale of stolen jewellery. Rao used to arrange bail for his associates by engaging advocates and helped their family members financially when police arrested them.

Arrest of Rao's gang led to recovery of stolen gold jewellery weighing 1.5 kg, a Maruti Zen and two laptops.

The second gang comprising ex-convicts A. Kiran Kumar, 23, and B. Narsinga Rao, 25, burgled three houses in Narsingi and Neredmet in Cyberabad in past two months after coming out on bail. Earlier, they used to burgle houses separately but joined hands in jail. Stolen gold jewellery weighing 470 grams was seized from them.

Arrest of two more persons, K. Raju, 29, and M. Ramesh, 30, helped recover 15 bikes stolen by them. They sold the bikes to their relatives and acquaintances at throwaway prices.

Five members of another gang of dacoits, including a woman, who allegedly committed a robbery in Begumpet of Medak district and Shamirpet on city outskirts, were arrested.

The woman too used to assault the victims attacking them with deadly weapons, the Commissioner said.

Mastermind

The arrested three-member gang alleged that a person Gopinath from BHEL area, claiming himself to be a Congress leader, masterminded the burglaries they had committed and took away major share of the booty.

The Commissioner said the allegation would be investigated into.

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