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Bangladesh police arrest 'Robin Hood' burglar

09 june 2011, 18:51
Bangladesh children. ©Reuters
Bangladesh children. ©Reuters
A "benevolent burglar" hailed as a modern-day Robin Hood for donating his ill-gotten gains to local orphanages has been arrested in southeastern Bangladesh, AFP reports, citing police Thursday.

Badiul Haq Nasir, 45, who had earned millions in well-planned heists, was revered in dozens of villages for making large donations to orphanages and mosques, local police chief Babul Akhter told AFP.

"The villagers say he's a benevolent man -- he would help anyone who needed it," Akhter said, adding though that Nasir lived in a "palatial" house and also owned a lot of property.

The burglar had donated part of the booty of two million taka ($27,000 dollars) from one recent robbery to a mosque in his village, Akhter said.

"Nasir is probably the most efficient burglar in the country. He can break any lock, get into any vault or gold shop by using a screwdriver and wrench," Akhter said.

Nasir was arrested on Wednesday following a week-long manhunt after he was caught on a security camera breaking into a shop in Bangladesh's port city of Chittagong.

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