Techie becomes security guard to steal CPU, RAM and hard drives



A software engineer became a security guard in order to steal computer hardware and other valuables from CMR University and other locations, police said.

Raj Patra, 27, from Odisha, was arrested on August 21 by Bagalur police for stealing electronic equipment worth Rs 35 lakh between May 4 and 11 of this year during the lockdown. Among the items he stole were computer processors (CPUs), RAM and hard drives.

Police say Patra arrived in Bengaluru in 2018 and worked for various software companies. But he soon discovered that stealing was more lucrative and started working as a security guard. He changed jobs after each flight.

Patra joined private CMR University in April and walked through every corner of its campus, including security measures, in a matter of days.

In May, he used duplicate keys or slipped through windows to enter rooms where computers were stored. He dismantled important accessories and brought them home. After the theft was revealed, CMR University suspected Patra, but he then left his rented house. The security agency that hired him also didn’t have enough information about him. But the police eventually found him.

Police say they recovered computer equipment Patra sold to service centers and online. He is also suspected of having been involved in at least one theft in Odisha.


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