The Gwalior police arrested a 36-year-old man accused of committing multiple thefts in a number of cities across the country.
The accused, Sachin Valmiki, a first year college dropout, who led a swanky lifestyle, was wanted in Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Nasik, Agra, Nagpur and Jaipur, said Morar town inspector Ravindra Singh Gurjar.
“He was driving a stolen luxury sedan, wearing a Rolex watch and branded clothes when he was arrested on Sunday night at Morar neighbourhood of the city. He stole the car from a city showroom after being released from jail three months back,” he said.
“He was earlier arrested and released more than 20 times before being nabbed by the city police. He was driving around in the stolen car along with one of his accomplice when he was stopped near a check post following a tip-off from an informer.
“When police asked him for documents of the car, he said that he had left them in his house and can fetch them in five minutes.”
Gujar further said that police had information about him and knew that the car was stolen. During interrogation the accused confessed that he had stolen the car and put a fake registration number on it with a VIP number to evade arrest.
The accused told police that he has three wives and four girlfriends.
“Valmiki also confessed about committing a theft at a city jewellery showroom, near one of his girlfriend’s house.
“Police have recovered more than 1.5 kg of silver and gold jewllery from him, which he had stolen from a city showroom. During interrogation he revealed that his first wife– a resident of Gwalior–who was aware about his profession used to bail him out every time he was arrested.”
Valmiki is fluent in English with excellent communication skills and used to travel by AC first class in train or by flights to commute one city to another to commit thefts, the police said.
“Interrogations are on and we are trying to find out whether his wives and girlfriends were also involved in the theft along with him. He will be produced in a city court soon,” Gujar said.