Khammam: The police personnel of Khammam are shocked at the amount of jewellery lifted by two chain-snatchers, who are brothers, in a total of 44 incidents. The stolen jewellery weighs 1,065 grams. The inter-state burglar gang was taken into custody at Warangal Cross Road in Khammam on Tuesday.
The two brothers, Mondithoka Veeraiah, 42, and Mondithoka Esobu, 27, sons of Tirupathaiah, were residents of Nagulavancha under Chintakani mandal. The two brothers who were used to a luxurious life made debts wherever possible. To clear the debts, they started snatching and selling jewellery. They used to clear the debts with the money.
Elder brother Mondithoka Veeraiah used to ply a two-wheeler and the younger brother was a pillion rider. They used to approach single women walking on the road and snatched the jewellery and chains on their neck. A major portion of jewellery in Thalibottu is made of gold.
They resorted to chain snatching in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. There were four chain-snatching cases in Khammam. One in town police station limits, six in Two Town, seven in Rural police station and one in Urban police station limits.
Apart from this, they were involved in crimes in Raghunathapalem, Madhira and Tirumapalayapalem, two crimes in Mudigonda and Wyra, three each in Chintakani, Konigerla and Suryapet, four in Nelakondapalli. They did three each in Vastavai and Chillakalli police station limits in Andhra Pradesh.
The modus operandi was – the brothers used to steal in the early hours and after 6 pm. Lone women were their target and these burglars targeted more women in rural areas.
The crime police team led by circle inspectors Vasanth Kumar and Venu Madhav and twelve of assistant sub-inspectors and constables investigated the increasing chain-snatchings in the district and evolved a special plan to catch the burglars....