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Updated: August 29, 2012 11:17 IST

Complainant becomes accused in ‘burglary’ case

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Crime and Solved: Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) T. Senthilkumar (right) on Tuesday inspecting the jewellery recovered from a woman who enacted a drama of robbery and burglary at Sundarapuram. Photo: S.Siva Saravanan
Crime and Solved: Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) T. Senthilkumar (right) on Tuesday inspecting the jewellery recovered from a woman who enacted a drama of robbery and burglary at Sundarapuram. Photo: S.Siva Saravanan

The description of the jewellery that was reported as "robbed" matched exactly with that of the mortgaged jewellery

Special teams of the Coimbatore City Police on Monday arrested a woman (complainant) in a case of faked robbery at her house and burglary at her neighbour’s house in a bid to hide her crime.

Subbuthai (45) wife of Navaneetha Kannan of Kurichi Housing Unit Phase I in Podanur police limits on August 17 complained that around 2.30 p.m., when she was alone at home, two unidentified persons gagged her and tied her on a chair and decamped with 22 sovereigns of jewellery including those in the safe vault and on her person. She added that the miscreants also entered the house of her neighbour Ramakrishnan, when the inmates were away, and decamped with 21 sovereign jewellery and cash of Rs 2,000.

Special teams

City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic), T. Senthilkumar constituted special teams led by Assistant Commissioner of Police H.M. Shahul Hameed. Despite probing different angles, the clueless police teams found Subbuthai making false and contradicting statements.

Discreet inquiries revealed that Subbuthai had mortgaged some jewellery at a private bank in her native place Aruppukottai. The description of the jewellery that was reported as “robbed” matched exactly with that of the mortgaged jewellery. Similarly, the contention of Subbuthai that her daughter Prabha alias Akkammal had gone to college on the day of the incident was found to be untrue.

Forensic experts confirmed that the door of the neighbour was not broken to gain entry and was opened only using the right keys and not ‘random keys’. At this point in time, the neighbour Ramakrishnan said that they used to lock the door and keep the key near the door frame and that this was known to Subbuthai. Finally, when the police started grilling her, the complainant Subbuthai confessed that she was the accused.

Having looted the jewellery, Subbuthai in a bid to hide her crime enacted a drama of robbery by gagging and tying herself to a chair after hiding the stolen jewellery and some of her personal jewellery as well.

She is said to have told the inquiry officers that she hit upon this ingenious idea from a TV serial that she watched recently. Subbuthai was arrested and remanded to judicial custody.

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