Pune: A 19-year-old boy was arrested on Friday in Kolhapur for being involved in 12 break-ins and petty theft cases. Police have recovered stolen goods worth around Rs 12.75 lakh, that include laptops, gold and silver ornaments, sports bikes and smartphones.

Avdhoot Patil breaks down while police speaks to the press.
Avdhoot Patil breaks down while police speaks to the press.

Prior to his lfie in crime, Avdhoot Patil scored 94.6% in Std X. He was studying science at Vivekananda College in Kolhapur, and aspired to be a doctor.

Considering his academic progress, the Kolhapur police are in search of an NGO that will help him reform.

Superintendent of Kolhapur police Pradeep Deshpande said, “Avdhoot is brilliant in academics. We got to know of this after seeing his results and running an enquiry in his school and coaching centres.”

A mobile shop owner observed that Avdhoot visited his shop every week and exchanged his brand new cell-phone with another one. Sensing something amiss, the shop owner alerted the police on April 18, who kept a watch on him for a week. On April 21, the police got information of a stolen bike from the Regional Transport Office that gave them the main lead.

“The number of the stolen bike did not exist. Suspecting that he might be the same boy (behind mobile and bike theft), we inspected his rented room (in college hostel) and found jewellery, two laptops, smartphones and around five expensive wrist watches,” added Deshpande.

Avdhoot, who has already confessed to his crime, is currently preparing for MH-CET examination from custody that will be held in the first week of May. His father is a farmer and mother a teacher at an anganwadi, some 50 km from Kolhapur.