GUNTUR:In a major breakthrough, the Guntur Rural police have arrested a notorious burglar and recovered over Rs 3.03 crore worth gold and diamond studded ornaments.
The accused Boyinasetti Devendra (25) from Guntur town, who is an old offender, gained entry into the residence of an NRI Jasti Sambasiva Rao at Chundupalle village in Bapatla mandal on September 15 night, when the inmates were away in USA and decamped with the booty.
Since then, the district police put their sincere efforts and recovered cent per cent booty by arresting the main accused and also another person who cooperated with him in selling the stolen ornaments.
Attributing the success to police team work and coordination under the supervision of Guntur Rural SP K Narayana Naik and usage of available technology, Guntur South Coastal Zone IG N Sanjay said that all these factors helped them chase the case within a week.
Producing the accused and the recovered ornaments before the media here on Wednesday, he said the accused Devendra, who was involved in several housebreaking and two-wheeler lifting cases in Guntur, Krishna and twin Godavari districts, alone went to Chundupalle on motorcycle in Macherla town on the night of September 15.
After breaking the main entrance door with an iron rod, he went into the bed room upstairs and looted the gold and diamond ornaments after breaking the almirah. Though, there were some silver articles in the same room, he did not touch them and returned to Tadepalligudem town by the early hours of the next day.
There he went to the residence one of his old jail friend Mallepudi Rajesh and handed over the stolen valuables.
After going on a pilgrimage to Srisailam and Mahanandi, he returned to Tadepalligudem on September 19.
Meanwhile, the police who had already obtained enough information on the movements of Devendra, arrested him along with Rajesh while they duo were coming to Guntur for selling away the stolen ornaments in jewellery shops in Lalapet and Ganganammachettu locations in the early hours of Wednesday.
During the course of investigation, Devendra confessed to the burglary in the NRI’s residence and handed over stolen ornaments, the IG explained.
He also revealed that three more persons in Tadepalligudem - Gidugu Ganesh, Beka Raju and Nadimpalle Sriram Varma, who were also his previous jail-mates also used to extend their cooperation in selling the stolen valuables and the police are on a lookout for nabbing the trio.
Apart from the ornaments stolen, the NRI Sambasiva Rao’s residence, police also recovered Rs 1.27 lakh worth two-wheelers and gold ornaments from the accused.
Expressing his immense happiness over the police recovering all the valuables stolen ornaments from his residence, the NRI Sambasiva Rao, who was a former dean of University of California in USA said that though they under estimated the Indian police capacity, it was proved wrong with the timely act of the Guntur police.
He said that was the first time, his family went abroad keeping such valuables in the residence.
Guntur Rural and Urban SP K Narayana Naik and SS Tripati respectively, Additional SP (crimes) Sobha Manjiri and others were present. Congratulating the police efforts in solvijng the case, the IG handed over rewards to the police team.