On Sunday while the city was taking it easy, Bommanahalli police station Inspector along with his men were busy laying a trap for a repeat offender who was trying to sell his loot.
The accused identified as Alex along with his two accomplices, Jayprakash and Bijoy are wanted in around 10 police stations for breaking into houses in the city. After committing thefts in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the accused Alex would head to Bengaluru where he would establish his network and then get in touch with others to sell what he had stolen.
The theft at the shrine Basilica in Velankanni was a big sensation in Tamil Nadu, when it took place 2 months ago. Surveillance footage showed the miscreants but the Tamil Nadu Police were left clueless as to who these robbers were. "Based on credible information, our police laid a trap when they got to know that the accused Alex was coming to the city to sell what he had stolen and he was arrested," said Hemant Nimbalkar, Additional Commissioner of Police (East).
The police recovered 6 cars as well as gold ornaments from the accused and are now probing the case further to understand this gang's modus operandi.
Rector of the Shrine Basilica, Velankanni, Father Prabhakar along with a few Tamil Nadu police officers were in the city today. The rector was pleased with the work done by the Bengaluru Police in solving this case. He told India Today the valuables stolen were basically, 'faith expressions of the people,' who had given them as promises for being healed. He went on to add that when they got to know about the burglary, it was a shock for them all since these valuables were people's sacrifices. "The Bengaluru Police have done a commendable job in solving this case," he added.