The Police have recovered 151 laptops, four iPads, five cameras and six tabs from the accused.
Bengaluru: A 32-year-old man was arrested by the Madivala police for allegedly lifting the laptops from PG accommodations and from the apartments. He was involved in 101 cases and the police have recovered stolen property of worth Rs 72 lakh.
The accused is Sumeer Sharma, a resident of Banashankari. He volleys from Punjab and had come to the city in 2009. He had earlier graduated in hotel management from the private college in Chamarajapet.
Police formed a special team following a rise in the cases of thefts of laptops and electronic goods from PG accommodations and apartments. They got information on the Sumeer picked him up for questioning. It was revealed that he met Arun Pathak in 2015 and the duo started committing the thefts.
“He identified as PG accommodations and apartments in the Madivala, HSR Layout, Mico Layout, Koramangala and Adugodi, as many students and software professionals lived there. He made friends with security guards to gain an access,” police said.
“Sharma and his wife Rajeshwari had an outlet in Kalidasanagar to sell the stolen goods. There the couple sold a stolen laptops. His wife recorded every theft and the laptop sold in her diary,” police said. Rajeshwari met Sharma in college and they later married.
In another case, 28-year-old Zakir Hussain was arrested by the same Madiwala police for stealing 13 laptops and other valuables. He used to sell the stolen gadgets on the e-commerce site.
Hussain is from Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir and was a private firm employee in the city. The police said Hussain had come to the city a few years ago and had joined the online portal on Residency Road. He was staying at a PG dig in Bommanahalli.
He used to break into the houses and steal laptops, jewellery, and the other valuables. Based on a complaint, Madiwala police arrested him. During interrogation, he confessed to committing burglaries at 13 places across the city. Police have recovered 13 laptops, a camera and the LED TV, all worth Rs 13 lakh.