CCTV footage helps nab stealing engg student

AHMEDABAD: Thanks to a close circuit television (CCTV) footage, Naranpura police were able to identify and arrest an engineering student from Gandhinagar for theft.

A resident of Akhbarnagar, Surya Gohil had lodged a complaint on February 8 that her purse and gold and jewellery worth Rs 77,000 was stolen from her residence. Later, her stolen ATM card was used to withdraw Rs 12,700 from her account.

“It was a complicated case as Surya was not sure who came to her residence and when the card was used. We then took help of the bank officials and asked for the details of withdrawal. They informed us that an ATM on Ashram Road was used for the purpose. We then procured the CCTV footage and analysed it. During the exercise, we found a suspect,” said RT Gohil, inspector of Naranpura police station.

The accused turned out to be a 20-year-old engineering student from Gandhinagar. The cop added that when Surya was shown the youth’s footage, she was shocked. She told police officials that the youth spotted in the frame was her former tenant.

The accused, Umesh Dodiya, 20, was brought for the questioning. The officials got to know that he was a student of electronics engineering in a college in Gandhinagar and used to stay at Vadaj.

“Initially he refused any involvement in the theft. However, he later confessed that he had seen the goods in the house and stole them. He then changed the residence and shifted to Gandhinagar to avoid suspicion. We have recovered all the money and jewellery stolen and also found some additional items that the complainant did not mention,” said Gohil.

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