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Burglar changed his looks and remained unidentified for four years

After receiving a tip-off, the police team reached his house, Devendra’s father had told the officers that the accused was his brother’s son.

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A 27-year-old man David Devendra alias Vinayak opted for a makeover with the help of aesthetic surgeons and changed his looks so much that the police could not trace him though he was staying at his own residence. Mumbai police have been looking for him for the last four years.

David Devendra, took slimming injections on his face, he chose Rhinoplasty surgery that changes the shape of the nose, fillers, Botox and hair surgery, he gave a complete makeover to his face. Given the alteration to himself, the police didn’t recognise Devendra. Devendra in the meantime got rid of his moustache, grew his hair and started living with his father, who had moved from Antop Hill to Ulwe.

A team led by Assistant Inspector Ajay Birajdar arrested him on Tuesday. He will be handed over to the Thane Police and later to the Tamil Nadu Police.

An officer from Crime Branch (unit IV) Ajay Birajdar said that while investigating some other case, they received a hint that Devendra – wanted by both Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Police is staying with his father in Navi Mumbai. He was using another name and worked as a delivery boy with a food chain company.

After receiving a tip-off, the police team reached his house, Devendra’s father had told the officers that the accused was his brother’s son. Police also verified with his relatives and gathered evidence to prove he was the same person.

Later, they detained him for interrogation, and he confessed that he was indeed Devendra, the investigative officer said. Devendra had twice managed to escape from jails in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. He has 15 cases ranging from burglary to attempt to murder – registered against him.

In 2017, Devendra was arrested on charges of theft and lodged at Aadharwadi prison. He managed to escape on July 23, 2017, by using CCTV camera wires. He fled to Kanyakumari and committed eleven different offences there, said police.

“There too, Devendra got arrested. However, he again managed to flee. Since then, both the state police forces have been looking for him,” said the officer.

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