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Mokokchung Police arrest habitual burglar

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:31:55 AM IST

Mokokchung Police arrested a burglar, one Wongto Chollen, aged 21, son of Bhinyimchong of Hakchang village under Tuensang district on April 23.

Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industry (MCCI) president, Tsukti Longkumer and general secretary, Limalenden Longkumer, in a press release stated that the arrested individual was a habitual thief involved in a series of burglaries in Mokokchung town.

The accused was attempting to escape to Guwahati when the Police nabbed him before he could board his bus, at around 4:30 pm near MMC Shopping Complex.

The arrested individual had, earlier in the, day broke into a home at Alongmen Ward and stolen a gold necklace worth Rs. 80,000, then he stole a mobile phone handset and an ATM card from another house at Arkong Ward near New Market. He later stole Rs. 6000 from another house at IM Road, Arkong Ward.

According to the MCCI, all the victims were traders who were in their shops when their homes were burgled.

The Investigating Officer (IO) identified the thief from CCTV footage from a store located adjacent to the scene of the first burglary. The IO was familiar with the accused since a theft case had been registered against him at Mokokchung PS1 in February. In June of 2018 also, Wongto was arrested for theft by the police and had served his term in District Jail Mokokchung.

The MCCI also added that according to the IO, Wongto acted alone in all of the three cases as well as in another aborted burglary on the same day, at Mokokchung main town near IDBI Bank, opposite the hotel where he had checked into the day before.

The MCCI expressed high appreciation for the prompt and proficient discharge of duty by Mokokchung Police, particularly the IO and his team.

“It is our firm belief that Mokokchung town under the watchful eyes of such professional and dynamic police officers will deter anti-social elements from committing crimes in the future, including extortionists” it stated.

The MCCI also expressed belief that the District & Sessions Judge Mokokchung will not show any leniency when trying the case against the accused this time and that the habitual offender will serve his full term as per the law of the land.

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