Shillong: From entering houses through
ventilators after climbing walls to preparing coffee or frying
an egg before making an escape, `Phantom` eluded the police
for six years, but finally landed in police net.
David Lyngdoh, 24, was nicknamed as Phantom by the police
for his daring acts of burglary whose modus operandi had often
foxed the lawkeepers.
Additional SP (crime) Vivek Syiem said his luck finally
ran out yesterday when he was arrested from his in-laws`
residence at Nongspung village in East Khasi Hills District.
Though police records put the number of his acts of
burglary at 13, the authorities believe he has committed more
crimes which have not been registered.
The ASP said David specialised in stealing motor-cycles
and often used to prepare coffee and fry an egg before making
good his escape.
He was once caught in 2008 and admitted to the Shillong
Civil Hospital on medical grounds, but managed to escape. A
sub-inspector, who was on duty at the hospital, was suspended
for dereliction of duty.