The city police have arrested a 24-year-old man who was allegedly involved in a number of cases of burglary and theft, the police said on Tuesday. The accused, Siddharth Mehrotra, is the son of a retired bank official and had been committing the thefts to lead a luxurious lifestyle, the police said.
“Siddharth has done a diploma course in animation. He is the only son of his father and used to live a lavish life till his father served as an officer with a bank. He is fond of high-end gadgets, shoes, cars and liquor. He has been found involved in at least seven cases of burglary in Sector 21 and Sector 25,” said Kiran Sivakumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Budh Nagar.
The police claimed that when Siddharth was arrested, he was wearing shoes worth `18,000 which he had bought with the stolen money.
“Siddharth was arrested during a checking drive Sector 26 on Monday evening. He was travelling in a Chevrolet Cruz car, which was bought with the stolen money,” said the SSP.
According to the police, on October 22, Siddharth broke into the house of Arun Sachdeva in Sector 25 during day time. He stole various valuable items and was trying to flee the spot on a scooter.
As he started his scooter, Sachdeva’s neighbours saw him and raised an alarm. When the guards ran to catch him, Siddharth left his scooter and ran away, the police said.
“The police identified him with the help of his scooter. During interrogation, Siddharth told the police that earlier he used to commit burglaries in Ashok Nagar area of Delhi. But he was arrested and sent to the Tihar jail. After spending six month in the jail, Siddharth was released on bail and he then started targeting locked houses in Noida Sector 25,” he said.
The police said Siddharth used to sell the stolen gold and silver ornaments to a jeweller at Chandni Chowk in Delhi.
“Apart from a car, which is worth Rs. 20 lakh, we have seized from him two golden earrings, two anklets, two rings, a chain, 15 silver coins and a laptop, which he had bought with the stolen money,” Sivakumar added.