Lucknow, September 12: Two thieves used an innovative idea to extort money, after obtaining a private video of a firm owner by replacing his office CCTV’s digital video recorder (DVR) with a spy camera in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar Extension. A police team led by Gomti Nagar Extension inspector Sudhir Kumar Awasthi solved the mystery behind the extortion by arresting the two miscreants -- Alok Yadav ,30, and Ashuvendra Rajput, 28.
The police seized two mobile phones and a DVR CD from them
The police seized two mobile phones and a DVR CD from them. Both the miscreants have passed class 8 and are known to the complainant in the theft case. The inspector said the firm owner had initially filed a complaint about the theft of the DVR from his office and the police were investigating the case.
The complainant received an extortion message
A few days later, the complainant received an extortion message in which the caller demanded money, threatening to share his private video. Awasthi said they were surprised to learn that the complainant had received the extortion message from an unidentified mobile number.
The police acted on the lead and arrested the miscreants
They began investigating the theft case from this angle and zeroed in on a man who used a keypad mobile phone. The man was questioned and revealed that the miscreants had used his phone in exchange for a few drinks a few days earlier. The police acted on the lead and arrested the miscreants.
The miscreants admitted to their crime
During interrogation, the miscreants admitted to their crime. Explaining their modus operandi, the inspector said the miscreants first stole the DVR of the CCTV installed at the complainant’s office.
The two bought a spy camera from an online website
They then destroyed the footage in which they were seen entering the office and stealing the DVR. The two then bought a spy camera from an online website and tried to install it in the empty box where the DVR had been kept before they stole it, but they were unsuccessful.
When they were unable to do so, they placed an empty set-top box in place of the DVR box and inserted the spy camera in it. After the complainant’s video was recorded, they obtained it on their mobile phone and sent it to the victim demanding extortion money, while threatening to share it.