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CCTV helped book crook

The CCTV camera installed in Fort was instrumental in finding a suspect in a theft case, the Fort Magistrate was informed yesterday.

In this case a three wheeler driver, with the name board ‘Budget Taxi’ was charged with the theft of a bag containing Euro 2,000 from a passenger.

SI Chaturanga of the Colombo Fraud Bureau, prosecuting, said that Sahil Sumathipala, the complainant and the passenger of the three wheeler, had gone to draw some cash from the ATM machine of a bank in the Fort.

When he returned, he found that the three wheeler was missing with his travelling bag containing, amongst others, his passport and 2,000 Euros.

He had lodged a complaint with the police who later traced the three wheeler, through the footage of a CCTV camera. However, the revenue number of the vehicle was missing in the in the footage.

Police had later contacted the Budget Taxi control centre and had elicited the revenue number of all such three wheelers recorded at that time in the footage. This had led to the accused.

The bag was traced from the house of the accused. It contained the passport and other items.

The accused had denied any knowledge of the Euros.

Police examined the travelling bag and later retrieved the euros from another small bag inside it.

The counsel representing the accused submitted that the accused while waiting for the complainant had gone on another hire.

Apart from that, the traffic police do not permit vehicles to park on the road.

Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne remanded the suspect till July 7.


Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 @ 09:10:10 LKT


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