Thief ‘cleans’ rich homes, throws dust in cops’ eyes

Times of India | 4 days ago | 23-09-2022 | 09:58 am

Thief ‘cleans’ rich homes, throws dust in cops’ eyes

SURAT: Jayanti Khetmal alias Kamlesh Yadav alias Ramesh Oswal alias Jayantilal Jayswal is west India’s answer to Frank Abagnale, an American felon who wrote the all time bestseller, ‘Catch me if you can’. For Khetmal, a ‘billionaire thief’, vanished for the umpteenth time on Wednesday after stealing Rs 56 lakh in cash from an ultra-luxurious apartment in Vesu, and the Surat police are left deconstructing his extraordinary skills in successful exits. CCTV grab showing the accused leaving the residential building complex in VesuIn the past 13 years, Khetmal, a native of Desu village in Shergadh district of Rajasthan, carried out at least seven thefts in the city since it began in 2009 and a majority of these being above Rs 50 lakh! His tried and tested modus operandi: Working as domestic help in homes and with language so polite that nobody resists the urge to appoint him easily. Khetmal, however, also had his run-ins with city cops’ nets when he had been booked and arrested five times in the past in 2009, 2011, 2016, 2018 and as recent as 2020. But the thief, who heckled the cops with his trickery, also managed to steal their awe by revealing to them that he goes to Ahmedabad to donate a share of his booty to a temple after most of his thefts. He also said that he shares a portion of the stolen valuables with his friends in his native village seeking their help in arranging for his bail. This time, Khetmal targeted property businessman, Tarun Shah, and entered his home in Happy Excelencia in the guise of a domestic help as they had been on the lookout for one. The Shahs had contacted him over phone for work as they had Khetmal’s mobile number after he had shared it with them a few years ago while working in a neighbouring home. He joined work on August 29. He stayed in a room at Shah’s apartment. On Wednesday morning, Khetmal, however, went missing from the house. Sources in the police have informed that Khetmal has been caught. However, the police are yet to declare his arrest. In the past, Khetmal had even escaped to the Nepal border after a theft but was caught before he could cross over. This time, he designed a humble escape plan and executed it on a bicycle with the cash kept in a trolly bag!

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