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Kerala Police arrest ‘naked thief’ who wore underpants on his head

The accused would remove all his clothes and wear his underwear on his head before breaking into a house.

New Delhi: The Thiruvananthapuram police arrested a man on Saturday who was accused of breaking into and robbing over 15 houses in the Neyattikara district of Kerala.

The fact that he operated in the strangest way possible is what stood out about his crimes. It is also the reason for him to be known as nagna moshtavu’ or ‘naked thief’.

The accused, 27-year-old Edwin John who is a native of Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu was caught on CCTV. The CCTV footage showed him stripping down completely before wearing his underwear on his head to prevent getting recognised.

“We took him into custody on Saturday night for questioning. On checking CCTV visuals of the crimes in the area, we realised that it was him. From the visuals, we have understood that he takes his dress off completely and keeps it somewhere in his bike before entering any house,” said the senior police constable of Puzhiyoor police station, where the accused was apprehended to digital newspaper based out of Bengaluru.

On Saturday night, police officers on night patrolling duty took the accused into custody based on suspicion, only to realise later that he might be the ‘naked thief.’

“He was riding a Yamaha Fascino with a TN registration, which is most probably a stolen bike. The bikes keep changing as he steals one vehicle for the night, leaves it there and steals another one to escape getting caught. Most of the thefts are also reported in the night. The visuals show that he enters through the back door. The cases registered have recorded losses in cash and household items,” he said to the digital newspaper.

Edwin, a law student studying in a college in Cheruvarakonam near Kanyakumari, reportedly lived in a lodge in the area. Police also suspect that he is involved in several thefts around Neyattinkara region.

“There are around 6 cases against him in Vellarada, 3 cases here in Puzhiyoor, 1 in Parassala, 1 case in Marayamuttom and many others in Neytattinkara. There are many cases of theft registered against him in Tamil Nadu as well,” police confirmed.

Edwin has been remanded in police custody and further investigations on the thefts are yet to take place, confirmed police .

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