Mahabubabad: The Garla police on Monday arrested seven persons in connection with thefts which took place at various temples in last two years in Mahabubabad, Khammam and Bhadradri-kothagudem districts. Police recovered gold, silver, bronze idols and cash worth Rs 6,85,200 from them.
The arrested were identified as Tejavath Chandu, Angothu Raghu, Guguloth Babu Rao and Daravath Srinu of Kotya Naik thanda, a hamlet in Pocharam gram panchayat. And Kukudia Raja, a goldsmith from Garla Battu; Venkanna, a scrap dealer from Garudepally, Kamepally GP; and Runavath Sudhakar, a gold smith from Garla village.
“While the first four committed the thefts, the latter used to purchase the stolen articles from them,” said Mahabubabad SP N Koti Reddy during a press meet held at Garla on Monday.
The gang was involved in 26 offences. The police arrested them based on CCTV footage evidence.
He also called upon the villagers where CCTV were not installed to come forward to set up CCTVs as it would help in keeping a check on crimes and help in identifying criminals. The SP congratulated Garla Sub Inspector Srinivas Reddy for good work.