The Borella police during a raid at Kirikkulama, Anuradhapura over the weekend recovered more than half of Rs 1.6 million stolen by the driver of a wealthy businessman at Rajagiriya, a police spokesman said.
The 42-year-old suspect had disappeared with the money six months ago while on his way to the bank with another employee. The suspect had lived at Puttalam before moving to Colombo, the spokesman said. Under interrogation, the suspect had handed over more than half of the stolen money. He had spent Rs 100,000 to buy a half an acre of land and built a small house. According to police, the suspect posing as a farmer had been looking for a partner and in the process had approached 17 women, most of them living in the area.