A 46-year-old autorickshaw driver, who was carrying passengers by day and gathering patrol for break-ins by night, ran out of luck as his identity was given away when his vehicle was captured by the surveillance camera late on Thursday night.
CCTV footage nearby crime spot exposes him.
Chennai: A 46-year-old autorickshaw driver, who was carrying passengers by day and gathering patrol for break-ins by night, ran out of luck as his identity was given away when his vehicle was captured by the surveillance camera late on Thursday night.
His involvement came to light following a burglary reported at a baker’s shop in the MGR Nagar during the small hours of Tuesday. The suspect, identified as Annamalai, presently residing at Iyyappanthangal, previously lived in an area of MGR Nagar until his involvement figured in a couple of housebreaks, including one each in the KK Nagar and Pallikaranai.
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In Tuesday’s incident, he broke into the bakery on Anna Main Road and looted Rs 20,000 cash and Rs 3,000 worth eatables meant for sale. A perusal of the CCTV cameras installed in a vicinity established an autorickshaw moving at an unusually slow speed on the road while passing by the bakery. The same autorickshaw returned later and was stationed nearly 50 m away in a line of vehicles parked by the roadside.
In the CCTV, the driver, armed with the crowbar, hops out and works his way into the shop by forcing the shutter locks at around 1.15 am on Tuesday. He leaves a shop in a few minutes with the collection and the bakery products and rides away in his vehicle. The camera gives away an identity of the suspect as it clearly captured the registration number of the vehicle.
A preliminary inquiry has revealed the role of the serial offender who was picked up from his Iyyapanthangal residence late on Thursday night. Investigations also revealed that Annamalai had earlier been caught red-handed when he broke into a house in KK Nagar last year.
He was also arrested in a related case which was reported in Pallikaranai.
Annamalai would allow his son to take autorickshaw out for fares during the early hours and until afternoon. He would then take over and have continue plying until he found a suitable place to loot. The autorickshaw, bearing registration no. TN 09 BV 2190, is owned by Annamalai and was seized following his arrest.
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