After several days of tracking, the Mumbai Police was finally able to arrest a history-sheeter at the stroke of midnight after he visited the Hanuman temple at Marine Lines area.

Notable, the team from the Dadar Railway Protection Force (RPF) was able to nab the thief due to his routine of visiting a particular shrine every week played a part in the arrest.

According to a TOI report, Ashok Pawar, 60, a petty thief from Dadar, had gone missing after he stole a portable data terminal (a machine that’s used to swipe cards and read barcodes) from the Central Railway’s chief parcels supervisor’s office.

The device had a huge collection of data, and the RPF formed teams to trace it. The thief was identified through CCTV images. He was captured entering the office, and inquiries revealed his identity and address. Interestingly, the cops were told that the thief was a very religious person.

After monitoring his activities, cops found that he used to visit a gurudwara in Sion Koliwada every Monday, a Friday visit to the Mahim Dargah, and a visit to the Hanuman temple every Saturday at Marine Lines.

The police then deployed teams at these places and the thief was nabbed near the Hanuman temple on Saturday night. He has been booked under Section 3 of the Railway Protection Act for unlawful possession and has been sent to jail.