Bangalore: Rs 75 lakh. That was the value of the property allegedly stolen by burglar brothers Syed Moula (31) and Syed Aslam (26) in the past two years, say Mico Layout police, who arrested them recently and recovered valuables worth Rs 75 lakh.
According to them, the duo have amassed a booty worth crores in the 14 years since they have taken to the profession.
“And to think they are primary school dropouts,” said a police officer, his voice almost tinged with admiration.
Police say the duo had been operating in Mico Layout, BTM Layout and adjoining areas that are dotted by working professionals. They have also struck at Mysore, Hubli, Bellary and Gulbarga. In fact, they were wanted in 20 burglary cases in Mico Layout alone. The cops have recovered two kgs gold and half-a-kg of silver from them.
One of the brothers, Aslam, had first come under the police scanner in 2000 when he was caught stealing electronic gadgets like radios and music players. Both the brothers were arrested in 2013 by the Upparpet police in a theft case and sentenced to six months imprisonment. On being released, they allegedly continued to commit burglaries.
They came under the radar once again after Aslam’s fingerprints were detected at a house that was burgled in BTM II Stage. However, they kept changing their place of residence and made it difficult for the police to trace them. They usually stole silk sarees and jewellery from the houses. Most of the stolen valuables were disposed of through a pawn broker in Kerala’s Wayanad area, police said.
Syed Aslam and Syed Moula targeted locked houses, and got away with the booty in an auto, getting down a kilometer away, and walking to their rented home. They always took a different route to avoid being followed. All the loot was stashed in bags and not in an almirah to avoid suspicion.