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Vizag cops crack Polamamba temple theft case, 3 held


Stolen property recovered, toughest case till now: CP Manish Kumar Sinha

The city police solved the Karakachettu Polamamba temple theft case with the arrest of three persons, including a juvenile, and recovered the stolen property. Addressing media persons here on Thursday, Commissioner of Police Manish Kumar Sinha said the three accused were identified as P Umesh (43), and his two children Dhiraj (19) and a 16-year old juvenile. The accused hail from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu.

As per the complaint filed by temple EO M Neelima on March 21, about 248 gm of gold jewellery, 4,128 kg of silver jewellery and Rs. 3.25 lakh cash in the temple hundi were stolen. A police team, led by CI Simhadri Naidu, arrested the accused, Sinha said. He said the theft occurred in the wee hours of March 21. Though there were no clues, the police with the help of implements, abandoned by the accused, tracked down the shop in Poorna Market from where the photographs of the accused had purchased.

The only clue they could get hold of were the photographs of the accused in the footage of the shop’s CCTV. With the help of the photographs, and the details provided by the CI Simhadri Naidu gathered information from auto-rickshaw drivers that the accused have come to KGH. The police located the hotel where the accused had stayed in after a detailed investigation, Sinha explained. He pointed out this was the toughest case till now since there were literally no clues as the accused had damaged the CCTVs and took away its hard disks. However, the CCTV at the shop in Poorna Market helped the police get a lead in the case. Meanwhile, Umesh and Dhiraj were sent to remand, while the minor was sent to a juvenile home.

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