Mancherial: A notorious inter-State thief from Chhattisgarh was arrested for allegedly involving house burglaries in the coal belt region of Mancherial district, in Ramakrishnapur on Wednesday. A total of 45 grams of gold was recovered from him. The accused was Suraj Sriram Shetti (29), an auto-rickshaw driver from Balikunta in Jagdalpur city of Chhattisgarh.
Sriram was the kingpin of a three-member inter-State gang that committed house burglaries in Ramakrishnapur, Mandamarri, Mancherial and other coal belt towns of the district. The gang was already busted on March 23. Gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 35 lakh were seized from their instance. But Sriram has been absconding since then. However, he was detained when he was trying to flee during a vehicle check by Ramakrishnapur police on Wednesday.
On being interrogated, Sriram confessed to committing the crime as he and his wife Satyavati were accustomed to leading a luxurious life since 2017. He admitted that he had formed a gang comprising Satyavati and Rahul Suraj Shetti, an auto-rickshaw driver from Chhattisgarh. He revealed that they were operating the three-wheeler in daytimes and were indulging in burglaries in locked houses in different coal belt towns at night.
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