25 Crore Delhi Heist : Lokesh Srivas from Chhattisgarh entered a jewellery store in Delhi on Sunday and stayed there for almost 20 hours.
This is one thief who would probably deserve the hat tip of the “Money Heist” professor.
Just one man from Chhattisgarh planned and executed a Rs 25-crore jewellery heist in Delhi, the biggest in recent memory in the national capital. He would probably have eluded the police for longer had it not been for the arrest of another burglar in his state who told the police that he had just returned from Delhi after completing a “big job”.
25 Crore Delhi Heist : Theft
Lokesh Srivas, who was arrested on Friday morning and is currently in Bilaspur police custody, arrived alone in Delhi by bus earlier this month. Police said they conducted a check and also found that his target, Umrao Jewelers in Bhogal area, remained closed on Monday. He broke into the shop of an adjacent building around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 24.
He stayed in the shop all night and besides stealing the jewelry on display, he went to the castle. He drilled a hole in the wall and also took all the decorations from the fort. He left the store as he came at around 7pm on Monday – almost 20 hours after arriving there. The owner came to know about the theft when he opened the jewellery shop on Tuesday, but Srivas was already on his way to Chhattisgarh.
According to a police official, Lokesh left the shop and headed towards the Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate in Delhi, stopping to buy an extra bag on his way to keep his loot.
25 Crore Delhi Heist : Luck is running out
Chhattisgarh’s Durg police on Thursday called the Delhi police and informed them that they have arrested a thief named Lokesh Rao, who said during interrogation that one Lokesh Srivas had returned to his rented house in Bilaspur after completing a “big job”. in Delhi.
“We found the picture of Lokesh Srivas after an internet search and compared it with the suspects we identified from the CCTV footage in our possession. We found that the physique of the person in the picture matched that of the suspect dressed in white shirt. and black pants, carrying a black bag, seen in Bhogal market on Sunday,” said a Delhi Police official. Srivasi’s mobile phone was recovered from Kashmere Gate ISBT on Monday and the police found it switched on. CCTV footage from the bus station showed that Srivas bought the ticket at 8:40 pm. The video showed that he had two bags.
A Delhi Police team left for Chhattisgarh itself on Thursday and reached Smriti Nagar in Bilaspur, where Srivas lives in a rented house along with Durg Police and Raipur Police teams. The police waited outside the house all night and arrested Srivas when he returned home at 5:45 am. on friday “Srivas is currently in Bilaspur police custody,” said a Delhi Police official.