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For three weeks a month, Jaya Kumar, 43, drove a rickshaw in Chennai, ostensibly to earn a living. However, in the fourth week she headed to Delhi, where she lived in budget hotels in Paharganj, took buses and metros, visited shopping malls, banks, gyms and pretended to have hearing and speech problems.

On Thursday, he was arrested in connection with a series of robberies he committed over two years in Delhi-NCR.  (Representational image)
On Thursday, he was arrested in connection with a series of robberies he committed over two years in Delhi-NCR. (Representational image)

According to Delhi Police, Kumar allegedly did all this to steal laptops and mobile phones, which he would then sell in Chennai after each visit during $50,000- $70,000. On Thursday, he was arrested in connection with a series of robberies he committed over two years in Delhi-NCR.

In his last and most recent visit, Kumar allegedly committed three thefts, including that of a mobile phone of a doctor at a leading private hospital in Sarita Vihar in southeast Delhi. Delhi Police said they had recovered a stolen laptop and two cell phones from him.

Kumar visited crowded public places posing as a deaf-mute person seeking donations for medical treatment. He kept a log in which he claimed he would write down the names of donors and the amount they donated, investigators said. The act allowed the suspect to enter several premises.

“Kumar has confessed to stealing more than 100 mobile phones and more than 15 laptops from Delhi, almost every month since 2021. He has never been arrested before,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara), Rohit Meena.

DCP Meena said the matter came to light following an investigation into a theft case in which an iPhone was stolen from a gym in Anand Vihar on Wednesday.

The complainant told police he was working out at the gym when his iPhone 12 Pro Max was stolen. A case of theft was registered at Anand Vihar police station and an investigation was launched, Meena said.

“The investigation team scanned the CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the gym. “They discovered that the phone was stolen by an unidentified man, who entered the gym randomly with a cash register in his hand…He hid it between the pages of a cash register he had and fled,” said police officer Meena.

It was while investigating the accused’s movements with the help of more than 200 CCTV cameras installed on the routes he took that day that the police located him. Investigators discovered that his last location was traced back to a hotel in Paharganj, central Delhi.

Hotel staff confirmed that he had been staying at their hotel since October 2.

“Our team laid a trap and arrested the suspect, Jaya Kumar, from outside the hotel,” the investigator said. DCP Meena said Kumar visited Delhi for a week every month since 2021 in a bid to commit the robberies. She chose crowded public places to steal cellphones and laptops, the DCP said.

For three weeks every month, Jaya Kumar, 43, drove an autorickshaw in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, in a bid to earn a living. However, for the remaining week she would head to Delhi, where she lived in budget hotels in Paharganj, took buses and metros, visited malls, banks, gyms… and pretended to have “a hearing and speech disability.”

According to Delhi Police, Kumar allegedly did all this in an attempt to “steal laptops and mobile phones”, which he would then sell in Chennai after each visit during $50,000- $70,000. On Thursday he was arrested by the special staff of Shahdara police district in connection with a series of robberies he allegedly committed over two years in Delhi-NCR.

On his last and last visit, Kumar allegedly committed three thefts, including that of a mobile phone of a doctor at a leading private hospital in Sarita Vihar in southeast Delhi. Delhi Police said they had recovered a stolen laptop and two cell phones from him.

Kumar visited crowded public places posing as a deaf-mute person seeking donations for medical treatment. He kept a log in which he claimed he would write down the names of donors and the amount they donated, investigators said. The act allowed the suspect to enter several premises, and when someone asked him why he was there, he posed as a disabled person to escape.

“Kumar has confessed to stealing more than 100 mobile phones and more than 15 laptops from Delhi during his visit to Delhi, almost every month since 2021. He has never been arrested before,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Rohit Meena said.

DCP Meena said the matter came to light following an investigation into a theft case in which a man’s iPhone was stolen from a premium gym in east Delhi’s Anand Vihar on Wednesday. According to investigators, the complainant told police that he was busy working out at the gym when his iPhone 12 Pro Max was stolen. A theft case was registered at Anand Vihar police station and a team of special personnel was roped in to identify and nab the thief, Meena said.

“The team led by Inspector Vikas Chaudhary scanned the CCTV cameras installed inside and outside the gym. “Team members discovered that the phone was stolen by an unidentified man, who entered the gym at random, carrying a cash register in his hand… He hid it between the pages of a cash register he had and fled,” the team said. DCP Meena.

It was while investigating the accused’s movements with the help of more than 200 CCTV cameras installed on the routes he took that day that the police located him. Investigators discovered that he traveled on the Delhi Metro and his last location was traced back to a hotel in Paharganj, central Delhi. Hotel staff confirmed that he had been staying at his hotel since October 2, a senior investigator said.

“Our team laid a trap and arrested the suspect, Jaya Kumar, from outside the hotel. The hotel room where she was staying was searched. In addition to the stolen iPhone, another phone and a laptop were recovered. Kumar revealed that both items were stolen. The other phone belonged to a doctor at Sarita Vihar Hospital, while the laptop was stolen in Noida. We have verified it at the concerned police stations in Sarita Vihar and Noida,” the investigator said.

DCP Meena said Kumar visited Delhi for a week every month since 2021 in a bid to commit the robberies. He chose crowded public places to steal mobile phones and laptops, the DCP said.

“Kumar revealed that Delhi was his favorite destination to commit robberies as there are many rich targets for him and the busy areas made it easy for him to carry out his act. He used a cash register to cover the items stolen during the crimes,” Meena added.

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