THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Medical College Police have arrested a 48-year-old man for stealing valuables from several persons after sedating them using biscuits laced with sedatives. The accused has been identified as Appukuttan, 48, of Murupelthara House, Enadimangalam, Adoor.
The police said the arrest was based on a complaint filed against him by Prasad, hailing from Kalluvathukkal in Kollam. Appukuttan befriended Prasad at the Medical College Hospital here and took him to a bar before robbing the latter.
“After several rounds of drinks the accused gave biscuits laced with sedatives to Prasad and the latter fell unconscious. Appukuttan then stole Prasad’s gold chain, gold ring and watch,” Medical College circle-inspector Sheen Tharayil said.
The police said that he had committed similar thefts in Kollam and Pathaanmthitta districts. The additional chief judicial magistrate court had declared him a proclaimed offender in 2010. His other victims include Gopi, hailing from Pettah, and Hareesh from Medical College.
The investigation team led by Sanghumugham and assistant commissioner Jawahar Janardh included Sheen Tharayil, sub-inspectors S Bejoy, Jayakumaran Nair, SCPO Vijayababu, CPOs Naseer and Balu.