A three-month-old boy stolen from a couple sleeping close to Lord Venkateswara temple complex at Tirumala in wee hours on Sunday was rescued and the woman abductor arrested Monday, police said.
They said some locals recognised the woman from photographs and CCTV footage released by police and told them that she was working in a restaurant on the hills.
Police got her mobile number from the restaurant and tracked it, leading to her arrest from suburban Mangalam quarters area in Tirupati.
The woman had purchased dresses for the child and even managed to find shelter with an unsuspecting family for a short time, they said.
The 30-year-old woman was deserted by her husband on the grounds of her ill health and other pregnancy related issues in a village on Andhra-Tamil Nadu border, police said.
She had come to Tirumala in February with the intention of stealing a new born, found a job in the restaurant and had been making the rounds at night to the temple area in search of baby.
Early on Sunday , she found the couple sleeping in the open area close to the temple and stole the child.
After stealing the baby, she wanted to settle down with her parents in a village close to Thiruttani in Tamil Nadu, they added.
The couple,hailing from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu, used to often visit the shrine for the last three years and were making a living by selling beads and chains to devotees.
They had lodged a complaint on noticing their child missing, following which police scanned CCTV footage, as also surveillance cameras from the temple area, which showed shots of the woman.
Photographs and footage were released to the media and posted on the social media as well, which helped nab the woman, police said.
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