Himansu Shekhar Rout

The Commissionerate Police on Thursday got a major breakthrough in a series of theft cases in apartments in Bhubaneswar that took place in the past several months, causing concerns for both residents and police. Two members of an inter-state gang were arrested by a special squad of the Commissionerate Police.

As per reports, a theft was reported from Nirupama apartment in the Nayapalli area a few days ago. Cash and articles worth Rs 13 lakh were reportedly stolen.

Police carried out raids at multiple locations in Bhubaneswar and arrested two of the burglars, apart from seizing Rs 2 lakh cash from them.  

Earlier, 12 complaints of theft in five apartments in Chandaka, Infocity, Bharatpur, and Mancheswar police limits had been lodged with the police. Police came to know that most of the accused involved in the flat loot cases belong to other states. Police got information about the accused from CCTV footage.

While two gang members have been busted, police are making all-out efforts to trace the others.   

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Prateek Singh said, "By examining their history, we came to know that a big gang is operating in the city. The gang has over 20 members, mainly hailing from Haryana and Gujarat. Their modus operandi is that they come in their vehicles/four-wheelers and randomly manage to enter flats and get away with the booty.”
The DCP added that after successfully carrying out the thefts, they get back to their own places. 

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“The gang is active in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand where its members are involved in loot cases. We are in contact with our counterparts in these states to get information about the gangs. After studying their activities in other states, we caught two of them. A car, cash worth Rs 2 lakh, some cell phones were recovered from them,” he said.

Police are also investigating the complicity of the arrested in other loot cases.