Inter-state student hostel thief nabbed in city

Hyderabad:A�The Panjagutta police on Wednesday arrested an inter-state criminal and recovered 14 laptops and 16 mobile phones of various brands, all worth Rs 6 lakhs.A�

According to A Venkateshwar Rao, Deputy Commissioner of Police, West Zone, the accused Shaik Riyazuddin, 33, belongs to Peddacheruvu in Narsaraopet mandal ofA�GunturA�district. He said the accused studied up to Intermediate and started working as a driver. Addicted to liquor and other bad habits, Riyazuddin started committing theft of cell phones and laptops from student hostels since 2005. Earlier, he was arrested by police of Old Guntur Police Station, Narasaraopet,A�TenaliA�III Town, Nagarjunasagar PS, Kukatpally PS, V.Kota police of Chittoor district, Prakashnagar police ofA�RajahmundryA�and Government Railway Police Guntur, he stated.

The DCP said the modus operandi of the accused is that he takes shelter in a student hostel for a day and lifts cell phones and laptops from rooms when the students go out for lunch or dinner and disappears. The DCP appealed to the general public not to believe strangers. If unidentified persons seek shelter in a hostel, the owners should collect their identity proofs and cell phone numbers. If any stranger behaves suspiciously, the hostel managements should immediately inform the nearest police station. He also appealed to the students not to leave their valuables in their rooms but keep them in a safe locker. -NSS

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