A former assistant professor addicted to gambling was arrested on Saturday for allegedly breaking into a house in Bengaluru and robbing a gold chain from a senior citizen, police said.
According to officers, suspect Suresh G Patil, 35, a resident of Madanayakanahalli, broke into a house in Basaveshwaranagar on October 31 and robbed a senior citizen of a gold chain at knifepoint. “He stole a 45 gram gold chain and sold it for Rs 2.5 lakh,” said a police officer.
Police arrested Patil after they managed to gather evidence through CCTV visuals. Investigators said Patil had parked the scooter without the stolen gear near the victim’s home before breaking in, which helped them track him down. “He had stolen a gearless scooter from Jalahalli last month when the vehicle owner was away to answer nature’s call. A scooter theft complaint was also registered at the time,” the officer added.
During interrogation, Patil, who is an MBA graduate, revealed that he had suffered heavy losses in cricket betting two years ago. A police official said he worked as an assistant professor at a college in Malleswaram, but was fired after they discovered he had siphoned Rs 4 lakh. He lost his job last year and has been living alone ever since.
Patil later joined a private college in Hebbal, but was suspended in September this year after they learned of his previous misconduct. “During the T20 world cup tournament, he lost Rs 1.5 lakh in one day,” the official said. The investigator added that Patil was very good as an academic and his knowledge of finance was also good.