In 2013, at the age of 18, Md Sumon had plans to start a small business. But fascination with Indian TV crime anthology series "Crime Patrol" took him down an entirely different path.
By the time he has turned 25, Sumon been involved in over 100 burglaries, leads a gang of 19 youths, and has served jail time on multiple occasions, police claimed to have found after his arrest on February 18.
Sumon was accused in 13 cases filed with different police stations in the capital, and was sent to jail for several times, but returned to his old ways each time after getting bail, Kazi Sahan Hoque, officer-in-charge of Cantonment Police Station, told The Daily Star yesterday. He last got out on bail in December last year, said the OC.
Sumon was arrested following a case filed with Cantonment Police Station, after he had stolen Tk 5.65 lakh and 10 tola gold from a house in Manikdi on February 17, between 8:30am and 10:30am, said Sudip Chakrabarty, deputy commissioner of Gulshan Division police.
Police made the arrest after spotting him in a close-circuit television camera, said Sudip.
Law enforcers later searched his house, and recovered a 7.6-bore pistol, a magazine, one round bullet, 300 grammes of cannabis, Tk 3.80 lakh, three knives, two screwdrivers, 22 keys, three wallets, gold ornaments, wrenches, flashlights and hammers.
Earlier in the morning, addressing a briefing about the arrest of Sumon, DC Sudip said law enforcers mainly used this type of firearms.
Sudip said Sumon mainly used to target houses and flats without security guards, locked from outside or having lights switched off for couple of days. Sumon mostly operated during the day, entered the house alone, and used duplicate keys and other lock-picking equipment to break in to the houses.
OC of the police station Sahan Hoque said, "We have already got names of 19 youths from Sumon. He mainly used them for scouting potential houses, and to keep watch while he carried out his act."