Hyderabad: A Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP), who allegedly took to stealing gadgets for easy money, was caught by the LB Nagar Central Crime Station police along with the Vanasthalipuram police at Panama crossroads on Tuesday. Officials recovered 16 laptops, five mobile phones, two power banks and other material worth Rs 5 lakh from him.
The arrested person was G.Naveen Kumar (41), an RMP from Bhadrachalam in Khammam, who was allegedly involved in six cases including in Vanasthalipuram, LB Nagar, Meerpet and Saroornagar. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat said as Naveen felt his earning as an RMP was insufficient, he decided to steal laptops and other gadgets, mostly from passengers in buses. For this, he traveled in private and TSRTC buses during the night from various locations to Hyderabad. He targeted passengers who carried laptop bags.
“When the buses reached the outskirts of Hyderabad, he stole the laptop bags and got down from the buses and escaped. If he failed to steal any laptops in the bus, he used to get down from buses in early hours at Dilsukhnagar, LB Nagar and Vanasthalipuram areas,” Bhagwat said adding that he then did recce of rooms of bachelors, who left their doors open and flicked laptops from there.
In the first week of August, Naveen stole the laptop of a techie while traveling in a bus from Guntur to Kukatpally. Following a complaint, the Vanasthalipuram police booked a case and with the help of the CCS police, identified and nabbed him.