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India’s most wanted thief nabbed after robbing Dubai man’s house

High-tech security in a house help police catch ‘Bunty Chor’ who was involved in over 500 burglaries and even inspired a Bollywood movie

  • BY anjana sankarstaff reporter
  • Published: 22:55 January 30, 2013

  • Image Credit: PTI
  • Runs out of luck: Devinder Singh alias “Bunty chor” began his journey of crime in 1993 and attained notoriety with his many exploits. He even appeared on reality show ‘Bigg Boss’ in 2010
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Dubai India’s most wanted thief, Devinder Singh, popularly known as ‘Bunty Chor’, was nabbed after he broke into a Dubai businessman’s house in Kerala.

The notorious thief from Delhi who has been involved in over 500 burglaries and has even inspired a Bollywood film Oye Lucky Oye, is currently cooling his heels in the state’s central prison.

With the super-thief’s arrest, Venugopalan Nair, 56, has also shot to fame as the Dubai resident’s high-security five-bedroom house in the state capital Trivandrum has become the talk of the town.

“People are flocking to my ‘high-tech’ house, as they call it, after reading about the extensive security apparatus that helped to nab the notorious thief. Advertising agencies want to feature me in product ads. Movie script writers and directors have already approached me. An American electronic company has asked me to be their brand ambassador,” Nair told XPRESS over the phone from Kerala.

Nair had installed a remote controlled gate, four CCTV cameras and movement detectors inside all rooms. But Singh, 41, struck Nair’s house on January 20 and stole goods worth Dh45,000 including a Mitsubishi Outlander car, a laptop and mobile phones.

“He jumped over the compound wall at midnight as the gate was locked. He pried open the window by sawing off the grooves of the metal frame. Once he entered the house, he ransacked the cupboards in the living room and got hold of the car keys,” said Nair,

“He was so cool and composed and there was no trace of tension on his face,” he added.

He and his family were fast asleep and did not even get a whiff when the thief struck. The motion detection system that would have sounded an alarm was switched off as the family members were at home.

Bunty drove away in the SUV after opening the electronic gate using the remote control which he found in the same tray where the car keys were kept.

But CCTV cameras caught ‘Bunty Chor’ in action, and footage released by Kerala Police on TV led to his arrest at a lodge in Pune last Sunday. He was brought to Kerala and was remanded to judicial custody till February 12.

Police said that when they entered Bunty’s room he was watching his latest exploits being being aired on TV.

Singh began his journey of crime way back in 1993 as a teenager. After several arrests and hundreds of burglaries all over North India, Singh became a celebrity thief after he appeared on reality show ‘Bigg Boss Season 4’ in 2010. He has been on the run after his recent arrest by the Bhopal police and subsequent release on bail.

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  1. Added 09:37 January 31, 2013

    The doubts are: How could he roam free after so much theft? How long will he be in custody after his recent arrest? Indian authorities, media and to a certain extent, the public always chase sensational news. This will be left behind when they find a new one.

    R Jose, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 09:23 January 31, 2013

    The guy is a thief, he appears on a national channel and still gets bail, this shows how funny the Indian jurisdiction system is!

    Jeet, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 08:37 January 31, 2013

    I don't know what such sort of news has got to do with Dubai? He was robbing houses in India not in Dubai. Don't you have better jobs to do?

    Mark, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 08:32 January 31, 2013

    A thief getting so much publicity, very funny isn't it? "A CELEBRATY THIEF"????

    Nizam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 08:30 January 31, 2013

    I wonder why people who have a history like this gets away on bail. I mean why let them be free on bail to do another crime. In my views, BAIL is like a GREEN CARD for such people.

    ARSHI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 05:42 January 31, 2013

    The most intelligent minds make the worst criminals! Technology helped in this case to identify the thief. Yet he was able to prove his point by entering the heavily guarded hi-fi house and by actually getting away with the stolen stuff. Thieves of these kinds make close observations and make accurate calculations before making their moves. Anyhow, congratulations to the police for finally getting hold of the thief...and to the owner of the house that brought him fame and more money endorsements!!! LOL

    Agniyah Shaikh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates