Man who was caught on video snatching a dog from the street is now a fugitive
Police have arrested a man who they say stole a dog in the street from a dog-loving family, but the man says the dog he had stolen was stolen before he went on the run.
Police said that a man, identified as Manu K. Singh, 45, was spotted on the street in Jhajjar, a town near the city of Ahmedabad, with a grey and black kangaroo.
He had been caught on surveillance footage with a black kazoo and a bag of rice.
Singh was arrested in the town of Jhaji near Ahmedabad after his capture, police said.
The man is alleged to have stolen a grey kangaroos and a brown macaw from a nearby village in July last year, police officials said.
“He was in possession of stolen goods and it appears that he is a fugitive,” Jhaja police chief Ravindra Yadav told AFP news agency.
Singh’s wife, Javed, said the man had been a farmer for years.
“We had given him a lease on the property.
He didn’t bother us,” she said.
Singh told police that he was taking the dog for a walk in the morning and decided to run when he saw a kangaroo and an animal.
He said he went to the dog-lovers house, where he stole the dog.
“I then went to a neighbouring house to see if they could help me get the dog back.
There were many people there and they came and rescued the dog,” Singh told the police.
Singh has been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including robbery, theft, cruelty to animals and animal cruelty.
“If we get information from the local authorities, we will approach the police and take action,” Yadav said.
Police have seized about 1,000 kilograms (3,500 pounds) of rice from Singh’s house, and arrested another 10 people who are alleged to be the ringleaders of the ring, Yadav added.
Police are also looking into whether Singh has ties to a group of men who were caught trying to steal dogs from a local village.
“In this case, there are a few suspects who are in possession,” he said.