CCS sleuths have succeeded in apprehending two culprits, who confessed to have committed 18 thefts in various temples in the city, including Mahankali temples at Lal Darwaza and Uppuguda, Hanuman temple at Uppuguda, Durga Maisamma temple at Golnaka and so on.
A CCS team, led by Inspector Venkat Giri, has apprehended Mohammad Hussain Ali, 22, with many aliases like Ghouse, Mohammad Ghouse, Srinivas Reddy, a ragpicker of Teegalaguda under Moosarambagh and Shaik Hyder, 35, alias Mahboob of Padmanagar, Malakpet.
It may be mentioned here that following a series of burglaries in the temples in the recent past, the City Police formed several teams to nab the culprits.
Other members of the team were SI Mohammed Amjad, Head Constables Ramchander, Venkatesh, Younus, Koteshwar Rao, and Home Guard Abdul Razzak.
The modus operandi of the culprits was that they used to carryout reconnaissance of the area and the target during the day and strike in the night. The accused disguised as rag pickers pulling a tricycle garbage carrier and pretending that they are collecting rags near the temple. While Mohammed Hussain used to break open the locks of the temples with the help of a long iron rod, Shaik Hyder used to give cover to the former by standing outside the temple and used to unfold a bedsheet outside the temple door giving an impression that he wanted to spread the sheet on the floor to sleep there. They used to carry the booty in a gunny bag. In some offences, they used a two-wheeler also. They had committed the offences between 2 am and 3 am.
The sleuths have recovered a part of the stolen property weighing about two kg silver ornaments/utensils and some gold ornaments from their possession. The receivers of the stolen property are absconding and and efforts were being made to trace them. (NSS)