Hyderabad: The police has arrested a temple thief who had been stealing the ornaments of deities from city temples. E. Rambabu burgled around six temples and stole gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 1.5 lakh.

Police recovered the booty from him. The suspect usually visits temples, diverts the attention of the priest and steals gold ornaments from the deity. Rambabu burgled temples in Jubilee Hills, SR Nagar, Santhosh Nagar, Malakpet, Gopalpuram, Kacheguda and Tukkaramgate.

Madanepet said that he was arrested twice before. However, after coming out on bail he started burgling temples again. Of February 12, the suspect burgled the Ujjaini Temple in Marredpally and police arrested him.