Man who stole gold, cash from private lending company in Pathanapuram turns himself in, arrested


Police inspecting the crime scene

Kollam: Man who stole money and gold worth lakhs from a private lending company here in Pathanapuram was arrested. Pathanapuram native Faisal Raj was arrested after he surrendered before Pathanamthitta police. The thief was caught three weeks after the theft took place.

The thief broke into the Pathanapuram Bankers situated at Janata Junction on May 15. The institution is owned by Pidavoor native Ramachandran Nair. The owner had claimed that Rs 4 lakh and gold worth Rs 38 lakh that was stored in two lockers were stolen.

The thief had littered the premises with hair waste to mislead the investigators. The police had also found signs of a pooja that might have taken place there before the theft. A photo of Lord Deva, lamp, trident, liquor and lemon were found inside the building. It was much similar to the practice followed by thieves from Tamil Nadu. Initially, the police started a probe based on this lead. But it soon proved to be a dead end. The police had also started an investigation based on the phone calls made in that area on the day of theft. This investigation revealed interesting details.

Police noted the phone call made by a particular man traveling from Pathanapuram to Ernakulam on the day of theft. It was soon found that he had pawned the gold at a shop in Ernakulam. As the search narrowed, police figured out that Faisal Raja was behind the theft. When Faisal realised that the police were trailing him, he decided to show up at the police station and turn himself in.

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