"I am the media of Lord Krishna. This is my fifth avatar. My first one was in the US, then the UK, and then France, Hungary and now in India," the 43-year-old said.
According to police officials, the accused in more than 500 theft cases across the country made this bizarre statement during his interrogation too. They grilled him about two chain snatching incidents in the city on Jan 15.
Devinder admitted that he had snatched a woman's five sovereign gold chain while she was walking along Avarampalayam Road and similarly robbed another woman in Race Course. However, he subsequently said that Lord Krishna had appeared in his dream and ordered him to snatch the chains.
In an apparent effort to confuse investigators, Devinder claimed to hail from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. His real name is Krishna but Delhi Police wrongly identified him as 'Bunty Chor', he said. The investigators were even more bemused by his plea for fruits "to beat the heat".
Although initially distracted by his averment about having handed the five sovereign chain to Lord Krishna, the city police managed to seize it on Friday from a jewellery shop in Thiruvanathapuram where he had pawned the gold.
Incidentally, Devinder's confession to Kerala Police about having snatched the chain led to their Tamil Nadu counterparts getting his custody for two days. A team led by Peelamedu Inspector D Suresh escorted him back to the Thiruvanathapuram Central Prison on Saturday.
Kerala Police nabbed Devinder from a hotel in Pune exactly six days after he entered a NRI's house in Thiruvanathapuram by disabling the intruder alarm and decamped with a Rs 28 lakh-worth car, a laptop and two costly mobile phones.
A Bollywood film has already been made on Devinder's deeds. Abhay Deol played the lead in Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye that was directed by Dibakar Banerjee.