The thief, Siddharth Mehrotra, is a graphic designer. He belongs to a well-educated family and his father used to be a bank manager. After conducting recce of upscale localities, Mehrotra realised that the residential blocks had no intercom system between the guards and residents and vehicles entering the area were not checked. He then made plans to burgle the houses.
Mehrotra and his associate Anurag Singh used to enter the localities and park their car at a safe distance. Mehrotra would ring the doorbell and hide to check if someone opened the door. If no one turned up for a while, he would break into the house while his accomplice kept a watch outside.
“Since January, many burglaries were reported from upscale areas of south Delhi after which teams led by ACP (Vasant Kunj) K P Kukrety and SHO (Vasant Kunj-N) Gagan Bhaskar were formed to conduct raids,” said DCP (south) Ishwar Singh.
When the raids turned futile, Bhaskar searched for high profile burglars in Delhi-NCR on the internet. Soon he zeroed in on Mehrotra whose physical appearance matched with a thief seen in CCTV footage from one of the burgled houses