Mumbai man allegedly targeted hotel rooms that guests left unlocked. Photo: iStock
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A 47-year-old Mumbai man has been accused of flying to other Indian cities to burglarize unlocked hotel rooms.

Police claim that every Saturday morning, Kamarudheen Sheikh took a flight from Mumbai to his target city. Dressed like a corporate executive, he would, police allege, pretend to be attending an event at the targeted hotel and steal valuables from rooms that guests neglected to lock. He would then fly back to Mumbai the next day, said police.

Ernakulam rural police arrested him at his flat in Andheri, Mumbai, in connection with thefts at three hotels in Nedumbassery and Elamakkara in January, May and April, after his image was captured on CCTV.

According to reports, the accused allegedly traveled to cities in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu to commit similar crimes. His travel documents revealed that he traveled to numerous destinations from Mumbai.

According to the Deccan Chronicle, Nedumbassery police said they scrutinized CCTV footage from the hotel and spotted him carrying a stolen bag. 

Sheikh owns at least two apartments and runs an apparel business in Mumbai.