KOCHI: The Central Police on Wednesday nabbed a Tamil Nadu native, a gang member with alleged inter-state links, for stealing Rs 2.40 lakh and important documents from a parked car here around three months ago.
Balaraj, 55, of Hari Bhaskar Colony, Tiruchirappalli was arrested from his native place. The police officers said Balaraj and fellow gang members stole the cash and various documents, including a title deed, chequebooks and an Aadhaar Card, from a car parked near Dhanlaxmi Bank on Shanmugham Road here at 3.45 pm on March 3 after diverting the driver’s attention.
An inquiry into the gang’s modus operandi helped the cops zero in on Balaraj as he had served jail term in 2010 for a similar theft for which the Thiruvananthapuram Cantonment Police had registered a case.
The Central police officers received clues from the conductor and the driver of the KSRTC bus which the gang took to travel from Thrissur to Coimbatore after the theft.
The conductor had seen the accused carrying a briefcase. Later, a scuffle broke out between the gang members inside the bus and they alighted at Kotta Maidanam in Palakkad after leaving the briefcase under the seat.
Upon examination, the conductor found records inside the abandoned briefcase which he handed over to the state police chief’s office. Following its recovery, the briefcase’s owner informed police the money and title deed had gone missing.