Pramesh S jain & Yogesh K Porwar
The North Division police of Mahalakshmi Layout police have arrested a conman who posing as a prospective buyer escaped with the cars on the pretext of a test drive and sold them elsewhere.
Senior officer told media persons,based on a complaint filed by car showroom owner on November 8 stating that a person who came to buy car took their car on the pretext of test drive never turned up and escaped with Etios car.
The complaint was registered in Mahalakshmi layout police station a special team was formed by ACP,KS Venkatesh Naidu,under the leadership of PI, Kantharaju HM and his crime team swung into action and after collecting information and analysing CCTV footage in the vicinity the team got the identity of the accused.
Based on technical inputs the police team tracked down the accused identified as Srinivasa and recovered seven cars worth Rs.35 lakh from him.
During investigation the accused spilled the beans and it is revealed that the accused would keep a watch on the advertisement about the car sale and approach the owner on the pretext of buying the vehicle.
He would impress the owners with his charm to gain their confidence.He would then take the car on a test drive alone and escape .
A detailed investigation by the team as so far revealed that the accused Srinivas is a habitual offender having criminal cases in Rajgopalnagar and Doddaballapur police station limits.
The accused is arrested earlier and remanded to judicial custody.After coming out on bail,he started targeting cars on sale and stealing them, said a senior officer.
Finally Bengaluru Police Commissioner,Kamal Pant has appreciated Addl CP West,Soumendhu Mukherjee,DCP North, Vinayak Patil,ACP,KS Venkatesh Naidu,PI,Kantharaju HM, as,PSI,Lepakshmurthi RJ,and crime staff as, Srinivasmurthy,Naresh,Chowdegowda,Abhay Kumar,and Chethan kumar has been appreciated for the exemplary work done by them in nabbing the notorious conman posing as customer would cheat car sellers is now landed in police net and for the commendable job done by them a suitable reward will be given to the whole team he added.