Chennai

Police on the trail of fuel thief

The Egmore police are on the look out for a 23-year-old man from Bihar, who after being dismissed from a logistics firm four years ago, stole fuel cards from the firm and filled petrol to the tune of ₹10 lakh till date.

According to the police, Praveen Kumar who was working in the motor maintenance wing of the logistics firm, was dismissed from service on misappropriation charges.

“The company provides fuel cards for its drivers. He left the State after stealing them,” said a police officer.

The complainants informed the police that Praveen had been filling petrol for the past four years using the stolen cards.

Cards used for ₹10 lakh

“The fraud came to light when they conducted an accounts audit. A total of ₹10 lakh was not tallying. Initially they did not come to the police,” said a police officer.

When they checked the card usage, it was found that the purchases were made from different petrol bunks in Bihar.

“They suspect the hand of Praveen Kumar in the theft as he was earlier warned for similar offences. Recently, they lodged a complaint with the Egmore police station,” added the officer. A special team has been sent to Bihar to investigate the case.

“The police officers will initially identify the petrol bunks where the card has been used and the footage from CCTV cameras will be checked. Simultaneously we will be tracking the whereabouts of Praveen Kumar,” added the police officer.

Further investigation is on.

Article source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/police-on-the-trail-of-fuel-thief/article29215988.ece

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