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Notorious burglar who climbed buildings like ‘Spiderman’ arrested

delhi Updated: Oct 11, 2017 10:53 IST
Karn Pratap Singh
Karn Pratap Singh
Hindustan Times
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Jai ‘Spiderman’ Prakash (muffled face) in police custody. The notorious burglar was wanted in 53 cases. He was called Spiderman by his friends because he used to climb high buildings effortlessly without ropes. (HT Photo)

A 24-year-old burglar, called ‘Spiderman’ by his friends, has been arrested along with his three accomplices, police said.

Jai Prakash’s friends called him Spiderman because he used to climb buildings effortlessly. Besides Prakash, the police have also arrested Ravi Kumar, who used to help Prakash in burglaries, and Sanjay Goyal and Pramod Kumar Shah, who bought the stolen items from Prakash. The four were caught between October 7 and 9 from Subhash Place and other areas in northwest Delhi, police said.

The police have seized wristwatches, diamond and gold jewellery, mobile phones, laptops and vehicles from them.

A resident of Jahangirpuri in northwest Delhi, Prakash had taken a room on rent in Majlis Park where he used to live. “He could climb as high as fifth or sixth floor of buildings with no ropes. He would climb the sanitary pipes or PNG gas pipelines to enter homes,” said a police officer.

Prakash told the police that he would conduct reconnaissance of buildings in posh residential colonies during the day time to identify targets. After zeroing in on the buildings, he would strike in the night.

“Prakash used to hide himself in a park close to the building he planned to target. He used to wear a pair of black pants and black t-shirt so that he wasn’t seen during the night,” the officer said.

Police said that Prakash mostly committed burglaries alone. But in some crimes, he took Ravi’s help. Prakash used to deposit stolen gold jewellery in various gold finance companies and took cash against the deposited gold.

“Goyal and Shah helped Prakash in disposing of other jewellery items and stolen articles,” added the officer. Shah ran a jewellery shop in Sahipur village in Shalimar Bagh area for the last twelve years. He purchased stolen jewellery and sold them to another jeweller in Karol Bagh area, police said.

First Published: Oct 10, 2017 22:49 IST