Bengaluru: Businessman steals car under pretense of test drive, arrested after 100 days | Bangalore News

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After verifying over 2,500 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses over 100 days provided by online advertising platform OLX, Bengaluru police have arrested a 36-year-old businessman for allegedly hijacking a compact SUV from a engineer on the pretext of trying it. in January.

BENGALURU: After verifying over 2,500 Internet Protocol (IP) addresses over 100 days provided by online advertising platform OLX, police in Bengaluru have arrested a 36-year-old businessman for allegedly hijacking a compact SUV from an engineer on the pretext of testing- driving it in January.
MG Venkatesh Naik, of Amruthanagar in the city and Bagepalli in Chikkaballapura district, stole a Maruti Vitara Brezza belonging to 47-year-old Coffee Board Layout resident and engineer Ravindra Elluri. Naik specializes in cleaning drains and disposing of waste water.
Elluri had placed an ad to sell his car on OLX in January and had received five requests by January 30. That day, Naik contacted Elluri at 7:03 p.m. and expressed interest in purchasing the car.
“When Naik met Elluri, he sought to test drive the car before buying it. Elluri gave him his car key. Naik, however, never returned,” police said. Elluri approached Amruthahalli Police and filed a cheating complaint against an unknown person as he did not know Naik’s identity at the time of the incident.
Police initially attempted to locate the suspect by tracking the cell phone he had used to contact Elluri. Investigation revealed that Naik had used a phone he had stolen the same day. The phone was stolen from Bagaluru.
The police approached OLX and obtained approximately 2,500 IP addresses used to search for cars in the city. “We checked all IP addresses for three months. Our search was successful on May 10. Based on the findings of the investigation, we traced the vehicle to the main road in Dasarahalli and arrested Naik,” said said an investigator.
Naik, who has since confessed to his crime, told police he stole the car to avoid humiliation. “He said he owned a Vitara Brezza which he sold a few months ago. As he had always visited his village near Bagepalli by car, he thought it would be humiliating to do without it. then saw the ad and decided to steal the car,” a police officer said.
Police said Naik’s wife was an unsuccessful candidate in the December 2020 gram panchayat elections. “Naik had spent hundreds of thousands of rupees during the elections and borrowed from friends. He sold his vehicle for repay some of his loans and felt humiliated to visit his village without a four-wheeled vehicle,” police added. After stealing the car, he changed the license plate and used it for his own use. A local court took Naik into custody.

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