BENGALURU: Madiwala police have arrested two people in separate cases on charges of stealing laptops and other gadgets.
One of the accused was involved in 100 cases over a two-year period. He used to steal gadgets from PG accommodations and apartments. The other, a private company employee, used to burgle houses and sell the goods through an e-retailer.
According to police, 32-year-old Sumeer Sharma has been arrested for stealing laptops from PG accommodations and apartments. They have recovered 151 laptops, five cameras, four iPads and six tabs from the accused, all worth Rs 72 lakh.
Sharma, hailing from Punjab, is a resident of Ittamadu in Banashankari. He came to the city in 2009 to pursue hotel management course in a private college in Chamarajapet.
A senior police officer said they received at least 100 cases of gadget thefts from PG accommodations and apartments around Madiwala, Mico Layout and HSR Layout. A special team was formed to solve the cases, and during investigation, police zeroed in on Sharma from CCTV footage. After gathering more information about him, police took him into custody.
During interrogation, he revealed that he had befriended a notorious thief, Arun Pathak, a native of Rajastan, two years ago and learnt some skills in stealing.
During the day, he used to conduct a recce of PG accommodations and apartments on the pretext of taking up a room. He also used to befriend security guards and give them money to give him access in the premises.
Sharma and his wife Rajeshwari opened an electronics store called SR Computers in Hosakerehalli to sell the stolen goods at cheap prices, police said. He had also sold the goods at SP Road in Bengaluru and in Chennai and Coimbatore.
Police also found out that Rajeshwari used to record details of the stolen gadgets in a diary. She had met Sharma in college where she was pursuing a air hostess training course. Later, they got married.
In another case, 28-year-old Zakir Hussain was arrested by the Madiwala police for stealing 13 laptops and other valuables. He used to sell the stolen gadgets on an e-commerce site.
Hussain hails from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir and was a private firm employee in the city. The police said Hussain had come to the city a few years ago and had joined an online portal on Residency Road. He was staying at a PG dig in Bommanahalli.
He used to break into houses and steal laptops, jewellery and other valuables. Based on a complaint, Madiwala police arrested him. During interrogation, he confessed to committing burglaries at 13 places across the city. Police have recovered 13 laptops, a camera and an LED TV, all worth Rs 13 lakh.