He had been missing since Nov. 2018

The Panambur police on Sunday arrested a truck driver on the charge of vehicle theft and recovered the truck, whose owner is from Bengaluru.

Henjarappa Siddappa of Bengaluru had complained to the Panambur police that his truck driver, Mahesh, had been missing along with the vehicle since November 6, 2018, after he delivered a consignment in Mangaluru. After waiting for about four days, Mr. Siddappa arrived in Mangaluru to search for the vehicle. He eventually filed the police plaint.

During the course of investigation, the police found the truck near the NITK toll gate at Surathkal. The driver, K.S. Mahesh, 36, son of Shivane Gowda of Kotekoppa, Kanakapura, had allegedly sold two of the four rear tyres. Police inspector K.M. Rafique, PSI M.N. Umesh Kumar and personnel from Panambur station, as well as the Mangaluru North anti-rowdy squad, were involved in the operation, a release said.

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