He, by all accounts, is the original "million-rupee" thief. But after indulging in a cat-and-mouse game with Delhi Police for over two years, this ambitious 26-year-old master of disguise has finally been arrested by Central district police.
The high profile thief, identified as Sonu Chaupal who hails from Madhubani district in Bihar, was apprehended in Chennai last week where he was posing as a labourer.
Chaupal used to target rich business families as their domestic help. Investigators said that Chaupal has committed similar crimes in Bangalore, Chennai, Patna and Noida.
Police have also arrested Chaupal's father from his native village and recovered stolen jewellery worth around Rs 15 lakh.
According to police, in January this year, Chaupal had decamped with cash, jewellery and other valuables worth around Rs 1 crore from the DBG Road residence of Ankit Jain, a businessman, where he was employed as a domestic help.
Prior to that, Chaupal had stolen cash and jewellery worth around Rs 70 lakh from an exporter's home in Shalimar Bagh in 2009. There too, he had been employed as a domestic help.
"Chaupal was smart enough to win the confidence of Jain's family members. That is why, they would leave their home under his guardianship. He made the most of one such opportunity and decamped with cash, jewellery and silver utensils," said a senior investigating officer.
Citing the difficulties faced by them during investigation, the officer said that the Jains had not kept any of his identification documents. Even the mandatory police verification had not been carried out.
"After seven months of painstaking efforts, we finally traced him to Chennai. During interrogation, he disclosed that he used to hand over the stolen goods to his father before looking for his next target in a new city. The father-son duo has purchased several properties in their native village," added the officer.