THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Police have arrested a notorious inter-state thief who had been involved in a series of burglaries across various parts of the state. The culprit, identified as Sampathi Uma Prasad, a 32-year-old resident of Andhra Pradesh, was arrested at Thiruvananthapuram Airport.
The thief had devised a clever modus operandi by utilizing flights to travel from Andhra Pradesh to Kerala, committing the thefts, and then making a swift getaway by returning via the same means. His targets were primarily gold ornaments, which he would note during the daytime. Once he identified potential opportunities, he would disable the surveillance cameras, including confiscating the CCTV hard disks, before pilfering gold ornaments from the houses.
A major breakthrough in the case occurred when the police managed to trace the thief’s whereabouts by analyzing CCTV footage from the areas where the burglaries had taken place. The footage led them to the auto-rickshaw driver who had transported the accused. Through further investigation, the police obtained information about the hotel in which the thief had stayed, subsequently uncovering his name and address.
As authorities delved deeper into the matter, they discovered that the thief had been planning another heist in Kerala. Evidence revealed that he had already booked a flight ticket to Thiruvananthapuram for the morning of July 5. Based on that, the police arrested him upon his arrival at the airport.