A suspect allegedly involved in 42 day light robberies was arrested by the Crimes Investigation Unit of the Badulla police Badulla Magistrate , Pradeep M. Abeyratne remanded the suspect till October 24.
Police said the suspect Weerakkody Sunil Shantha (24) of Cheenakotuwa Galle, had robbed jewellery, money, electrical goods, and fire arms from a number of houses in the area.
A person identified as Shafler Wijekumara who is alleged to have assisted the robbery suspect to mortgage the articles at banks was remanded till October 27.
Police said a hand bomb and a pistol the suspect Shantha was carrying at the time of his arrest was taken into custody. Police enquiries revealed that the suspect -- an army deserter -- had been detained earlier at the Matara remand prison.
He had escaped after assaulting the prison guards while under treatment at the Matara General Hospital. Shantha had fled away to Badulla with his wife and children where he engaged in house breaking.
Badulla Police Assistant Superintendent said that on a Court order the jewellery valued at some Rs. 1,000,000 mortgaged to banks would be taken into police custody.
Meanwhile another suspect Nishantha Abeyaratne arrested on charges of possessing stolen goods was released on surety bail.