The Pune city police,with the help of CCTV footage,on Monday nabbed a man who allegedly broke into a temple in Kothrud and stole Rs 72,000 from the donation box.
The suspect,Sunil Vitthal Bhilare (30),is a resident of Jaibhavani Nagar in Kothrud. Police said the theft took place in broad daylight on May 4 at Mhatoba Mandir in Kothrud.
During investigation,the Kothrud police obtained the videos from three CCTV cameras installed inside the temple. The videos showed that a person entered the temple at 1.15 pm ,cut the cash box lock with a hacksaw and stole money from the donation box within two hours.
Acting on a tip-off to police naiks Babasaheb Dangade and Raju Borde,a team led by sub-inspector Bhanudas Shinde laid a trap and nabbed Bhilare from his residence in Jaibhavani Nagar around 3.30 pm.
Bhilare is a history sheeter. He has been involved in six break-ins in Kothrud area since 2001, said senior inspector Chandrakant Ghodke. The theft took place after the watchmen locked the temple door. It came to light when the temple door was opened around 4 pm. Bhilare entered the temple from a window. Unable to break the lock on donation box,he went out and returned with a hacksaw, he added.
Police said Bhilare is a drug addict and has spent about Rs 15,000 from the stolen cash. The police are trying to recover the remaining amount. Meanwhile,Ghodke announced an award of Rs 5,000 for Dangade and Borde for solving the case.