19-year-old held for stealing items worth Rs 1.5 crore from elderly

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Nivedita Kukreti Kumar, said the accused was arrested from Haridwar on Tuesday.

dehradun Updated: Feb 14, 2018 21:09 IST
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The accused has been identified as 19-year-old Avdesh Kumar Yadav, a resident of Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh.(HT PHOTO)

Police have arrested a person for stealing a licenced revolver, gold and diamond jewellery worth lakhs, along with DSLR cameras and lenses, from the house of a senior citizen in Dehradun. The total worth of the stolen goods is Rs 1.5 crore.

The accused has been identified as 19-year-old Avdesh Kumar Yadav, a resident of Faizabad district in Uttar Pradesh.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Nivedita Kukreti Kumar, said the accused was arrested from Haridwar on Tuesday.

On the intervening night of February 5 and 6, Avdesh reportedly entered the house of Arun Gupta, a freelance wildlife photographer. Police said that the accused entered the house from the rear side by breaking a glass and stole jewellery, coins, a licensed revolver and DSLR camera equipment.

The owners were out of station when the theft took place.

On learning about the theft, Gupta lodged a complaint at Rajpur police station. Police collected samples of finger prints from the spot and quizzed the domestic helps in the house.

Avdesh used to work as a housekeeping staff with Gupta and knew details of his house. He left his job in September last year.

“On inspecting the crime scene, we suspected involvement of some insiders. Following this, we quizzed the domestic helps and sought details about past workers. We were then able to zero in on Avdesh in Haridwar,” said superintendent of police, city, Arvind Rai.

Police said that during detailed questioning, Avdesh accepted his crime and told them that he had gone to Gupta’s house to collect his dues. However, when he found that the house was unoccupied, he decided to steal the valuables.

“There are 18 CCTV cameras installed in the house but none of them came to help as Avdesh knew their positions and was able to hide himself,” the SSP said.

Gupta said that in the past, he had rewarded Avdesh when he saved his daughter who had fallen off a bridge. However, he said that he had failed to conduct Avdesh’s police verification before hiring him.

Meanwhile, police are looking for a laptop and some DSLR lenses that were stolen but have not yet been recovered.

First Published: Feb 14, 2018 21:09 IST