BENGALURU: Two men were arrested on Monday for stealing laptops and other electronic equipment, mostly targeting tenants of paying guest accommodations in the city, by pretending to be visually challenged. Madiwala police seized more than 85 laptops worth Rs 30 lakh from the duo.
Police said the arrested are Ramesha and Manikantan , both natives of Tamil Nadu . They worked in private firms before they took to crimes . Manikantan who is the prime accused is an engineering graduate and had technical knowledge of laptops. He trained four others how to steal laptops.
A senior police officer said there had been repeated theft cases reported from Madivala, Koramangala, Byataranyapura, HSR Layout and Suddaguntepalya areas. “ During investigation, we found that the two men would g ain entry into homes or PG accommodations posing as visually and hearing impaired and would request for donations. They would distract the tenant and then steal laptops and othe items,” the officer said.