CCS police take notorious temple thief into custody
VIJAYAWADA: A temple thief Prakash Kumar Sahu was taken into custody by the CCS police here on Sunday.
The 36-year-old gained notoriety when he broke into the Kanaka Durga Temple and stole the crown of the goddess and other ornaments in 1998. Though the CID caught hold of him later and sent him to jail for three years, he didn’t mend his ways. Till date, he has been booked in 47 cases across three states.
A native of Bhilai in Durg district of Chattisgarh, Sahu struck at the Sai Baba Temple in Prasadampadu in the city earlier this year and reportedly decamped with ornaments weighing 18 kgs. Prior to this theft, he committed 14 similar crimes in Odisha. He has been accused of stealing stolen bronze plates from the Jagannath Temple in Puri.
Police sources said that Sahu gained entry into the temple at Prasadampadu by breaking the doors with the help of a gas cutter.
Commissioner AB Venkateswara Rao lauded the CCS police for nabbing the ‘temple thief’. “We took the case on priority basis. We have recovered 60 kgs of silver worth Rs 25 lakh and Rs 1.19 lakh in cash,” he said.
Sahu is married and has two kids. It is learnt that he has been nurturing a dream of owning a mine in Chattisgarh and therefore has been resolving to thievery to get seed money.
Meanwhile, a rumour is making rounds in the commissionerate that Sahu was nabbed some twenty days ago and was only presented on Sunday.