Puttur, May 22, 2016 : Puttur Police have arrested a person identified as Tangaraju (64) who was wanted in as many as seven cases of thefts in the town. He has been produced before the court and remanded to police custody for eight days. Residents of the town who were spending sleepless nights following a spate of theft recently, are now heaving a sigh of relief following his arrest.
The accused was wanted in the case of burglaries in the residences of advocates Krishna Bhat, KR Acharya, Dr Suresh Putturaya , Dr Subrahmanya Bhat and others. In all cases the accused had broken the front doors to enter when the occupants were away.
The accused who had hidden the silver articles worth Rs 25,000 which he had stolen from the house of KR Acharya, was trapped when he had been there to take them away.
The accused who hailed from Kanhangad was wanted in several theft cases reported from Kerala, Madikeri, Udupi and Kundapur too.
He is facing over 30 cases and was reportedly into thefts since he was 16. Moreover he never possessed a cell phone and was clever enough to erase finger prints after committing thefts.
Ironically, the man who was also devout used to drop a share of his booty into donation boxes in temples and used to donate liberally to organisations seeking donations.
He was staying permanently in a lodge in Mangaluru by paying a daily rent of Rs 600 while his family resided in Kanhangad.
This is the second time that Inspector of Puttur Town Police Station Mahesh Prasad is getting hold of Tangaraju. He had earlier arrested him while serving as SI in Kota in 2011.