He was a connoisseur of all fine things — branded clothes and shoes, living it up in five-star hotels accruing thousands of air miles. This 36-year-old would travel all the way from Punjab to Bengaluru in a plane to commit thefts. Despite having been booked in around 60 to 70 cases by the city police, Bengaluru was his preferred destination for these activities and would strike at places near IT parks.
The accused, Sunir Sharma, came to the city in 2009 for studying. After finishing his diploma at a private college, he began committing thefts in Bengaluru. Police said he had purchased a Honda Activa scooter and roamed in the city searching for prospective houses. He carried along with him a small rod and jumped compounds and broke the locks using the rod.
“There are over 60 cases against him in Electronics City, Mico Layout, Madiwala and other police stations from past two years. He used to break in during the day and walked out with gold jewellery and cash. He committed these thefts to lead a lavish life,” said the police.
Luck ran out after he committed a house theft in Hennur. Based on the complaint, the Hennur police had registered a case and started picking up old offenders for questioning. During the questioning, the police learnt about the accused and his modus operandi. The police, after examining the CCTV footage, identified his face and tracked him down.

A senior officer said that the accused used to target houses located near IT parks and waited for both the husband and wife to leave for work and broke in after the house was empty. “It was very difficult to track him as he used to change his address with his every move. He dressed very well and no one could recognise or identify him as a thief. He wore only branded clothes and lives lavishly. He often stayed in five star hotels and used to go to return home (Punjab) in a flight and would soon return to commit the crime, as per his requirements,” he said.

Police said that the accused was taken into their custody for 10 days and after an intense interrogation, the police recovered the recently stolen items. He has now been sent to Judicial custody. With his arrest, the police have solved 10 cases in Hennur, Bagalur and Banaswadi police station limits and have recovered one kg gold jewellery worth Rs 38 lakh.

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