Thiruvananthapuram: Stepping into notorious burglar Thiruvallam Unni's hideout is akin to walking into a supermarket. It has a whole array of stolen articles ranging from cosmetics, torches, water pumps to laptops and even a brand new traditional 'mundu'.
Police also seized cash and CCTV hard disks from a house, at Kovalam near here, where Unni was holed up for a while.
Unni, who loots shops and houses, takes away the hard disks to erase the footage of his robberies, and breaks into shops and houses in one go, the police said.
Unni reaches his 'place of work' in an autorickshaw by midnight and breaks into residences and commercial establishments using a long iron rod. He wears helmet to mask his face.
Police arrested Unni while he was planning for a big robbery with the money he got by selling the stolen goods.
The Neyyattinkara Judicial First-Class Magistrate remanded him in 14 days judicial custody. Police said that they would request for the custody of the accused in order to recover the stolen articles.
Stay in isolated houses
The seasoned thief used to frequently change his place of stay to evade police.
Unni first stayed in a rented house at Chunnakara and later shifted to Vandithada. When he came to know that police were closing in on him, Unni ran away from Vandithada by abandoning his car, but his wife, a co-accused, was arrested. Police said that Unni stayed in isolated houses without many houses in the neighbourhood, and finally he was arrested from a rented house on K S Road in Kovalam.
Unni led a luxurious life by selling the stolen articles at scrap shops, police added.
He used to take to his heels while seeing police and even now he was caught after chasing him down, the police said.