The Andhra Pradesh Police unravelled the mystery behind the theft of 550 kg bronze items of the famous Lord Simhachalam temple and arrested 9 persons in this connection besides recovering the stolen items.
Revealing the details here today, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP – Crimes) V Suresh Babu said that one Suresh, an outsourcing employee of the temple along with 3 others hatched a plan and stole the brass items stored in a bag and kept for transportation in adjoining Kalyana mandapam hall. The items were sold out by the temple in an auction recently which were kept aside by the bidder duly packed 665 kg weighing material in 41 gunny bags (whose name is also Suresh). However, it was later found that over 550 kgs of brass items mostly the traditional hand-held temple bells were missing forcing the Temple Assistant Executive Officer Puli Rama Rao to lodge a complaint with the Gopalpatnam police on October 10, 2020.
The police formed two teams and launched an investigation. The Investigating officer Manmatha Rao and his team arrested the accused 4 persons initially and recovered 4 bags of brass items weighing about 77 Kgs from their possession. Based on further inquiries, 4 others who received the items were also arrested.
However, due to fear, they melted the brass items into ingots. 28 Brass ingots weighing 473 KGs were also recovered from their possession. A total of 550 Kgs of Brass worth Rs.1,21,000 recovered from their possession, said the DCP Suresh Babu who appreciated the team for their breakthrough in a short span of time.