The accused was making a film and was working as a health inspector for Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike
When Bengaluru police arrested a long time wanted chain snatcher red-handed, they would not have thought the story could have a ‘filmy’ twist. Apparently, the accused was working as a contractual health inspector with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and would snatch chains to fund his film.
Rangappa, alias Prathap Rangu was apprehended by the Basaveshwar Nagar police on October 28 while in the act of a robbery. The police recovered a total of 430 grams gold chains worth Rs 12 lakh from him, reported The New Indian Express. The 35-year-old is a resident of Mahalakshmi Layout near Ashokapuram.
There were a total of 10 cases registered against him in different police stations in the city, the police said. His favourite hunting grounds were Nandini Layout, Soladevanahalli, Rajarajeshwari Nagar and Puttenahalli. In these areas, he had snatched chains from many women in last 7-8 months.
Several police teams from different police stations were formed to arrest him. The Basaveshwara Nagar team had prior information about his plans of robbery from an informant. His Modus Operandi involved entering the houses when there were no men in the house and snatching chain from the women. Sometimes, he would also snatch chains from unsuspecting women sitting by the window.
Rangappa was also working with BBMP as a health inspector on a contract basis in the Cottonpete ward, the report said. The movie he was working on is named ‘Double Meaning’. A trailer for the film is already uploaded to YouTube and has raked up over 1.4 million views since it was posted in September.Rangappa, as per the description of the promo video, is the Director and Producer of the movie.