Andhra Pradesh: Chittoor Police arrest interstate gang involved in theft of computer parts and peripherals | Amaravati News

TIRUPATI: Chittoor Police in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday busted an interstate tech gang involved in stealing computer parts and peripherals from various educational institutions by arresting five people after a case was recorded in the district.
Those arrested were identified as K Murali (40), P Sekhar (39) from Vellore district in Tamil Nadu, P Venkata Siva Reddy (32), K Venkata Subba Reddy (32) and P Gopi ( 32 years old) from Kadapa district.
The police recovered 1140 RAM, 95 processors, five monitors, three processors, a four-wheeled vehicle and Rs 1.5 lakh in cash from the accused.
Police Superintendent Y Rishanth Reddy said gang members targeted educational institutions, especially engineering schools, and stole computer parts and accessories.
Police arrested the gang members during a vehicle check at Rangampeta cross in Puthalapattu Mandal.
While checking their vehicles, the police seized 200 RAMs, which they were taking to Bangalore to sell on the black market.
Explaining the gang’s modus operandi, the SP said gang members used to break locks on computer labs in colleges at night and steal computers and computer equipment.
Since 2010, the gang has committed crimes in nearly 28 institutions in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka and sold the stolen items on the black market.
Based on their confessions, the police recovered 940 RAM, 95 processors, five monitors, three processors and Rs 1 lakh in cash from a computer peripheral vendor, identified as Bharani from Vellore, for whom the gang sold the majority of stolen goods.
The accused confessed to stealing 221 RAMs, 221 CPUs from CRR Engineering College, Eluru and selling them in Myanmar Chennai market and getting Rs 2 lakh.