Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (EP)
Bengaluru, Nov 22: In a peculiar turn of events, Bengaluru police apprehended a thief with an unconventional modus operandi, focusing solely on the theft of tender coconuts during the night.
The arrested individual, identified as Mohan, hails from Tamil Nadu and has been residing in Madiwala, Bengaluru, for the past three months. Rather than traditional burglary targeting valuables, Mohan's peculiar crime involved stealing only tender coconuts from shops.
The Girinagar station police took action following a complaint by Rajanna, a tender coconut vendor near Girinagar Mankuthimmana park, who reported the disappearance of 1,150 tender coconuts. Surveillance footage revealed Mohan's nightly visits to carry out his unique thefts.
Upon identification, the police seized a significant quantity of stolen tender coconuts, along with a car valued at Rs eight lakhs and a Royal Enfield bike.
During police interrogation, Mohan's gambling addiction emerged as a key revelation. Having incurred substantial losses in online Rummy, he resorted to stealing tender coconuts as a means to recover financially. Mohan, a former tender coconut vendor, strategically utilized a rented car, normally hired during the day, for nocturnal coconut heists.
Operating with a network of loyal customers, Mohan managed to steal and sell between 100 to 150 tender coconuts daily. His arrest sheds light on the unusual motives driving criminal activities in the city.