A youth was arrested after he gatecrashed a wedding reception in Behala, enjoyed the buffet spread and took a guest’s cell phones for dessert.
He would have got away with it had he not been the “odd man out” in the wedding video.
Sukanto Rudra, the 20-year-old accused, allegedly stole two cell phones left on a sofa by a guest who had gone to refill her plate at the reception at Lakshmi Villa, a ceremony hall on Siddhinath Chatterjee Road under Parnasree police station, a month ago.
He was picked up from his Sarsuna home on Wednesday night after policemen watched the video with the bride and the groom’s families to identify the culprit.
Police managed to spot the “odd man out” after playing and replaying the two-hour-30-minute video at Lalbazar.
“The thief appeared on screen an hour and 15 minutes into the video. Clad in jeans and T-shirt, he was spotted holding a plate. Anyone could have mistaken him to be a guest, except that no one from the two families could identify him,” an officer said.
Another police team, in the meantime, was tracking the tower location of the two stolen phones — a Samsung and a Micromax —belonging to a homemaker from Bansdroni.
The Micromax phone was traced to a hole-in-the-wall phone repairing shop in Behala where the policemen were told that the “owner” had left the set there asking the mechanic to change the casing.
When the police showed the shop owner a still photograph of the youth from the wedding video, he identified him as Sukanto.
“The other phone has been recovered from the youth,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.
The police learnt that Sukanto, who is with a private agency that installs CCTV cameras, was returning home from work when he noticed the wedding party on the ground floor of the ceremony hall.
Sukanto, who lives with his widowed mother and young wife, told the police that he has never committed any crime in the past and he was “overcome by temptation” at the wedding reception.
“He had installed CCTVs only a few hundred metres off Lakshmi Villa that day. He had gone near the hall to refill his water bottle from a corporation tap when the aroma of food overwhelmed him. He stepped in and headed straight for the buffet. When he saw the two phones on a seat lying unattended, he again couldn’t resist his temptation,” an officer said.
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