Special teams of the Coimbatore City Police on Monday arrested Murugan alias Ramesh Babu (43) and recovered the 7.5 kg of gold stolen from two jewellery merchants who were staying in a hotel on Raja Street in the city on July 16.

City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan; and Deputy Commissioners of Police, Pravesh Kumar (Law and Order), and K. Sugumar (Crime); told reporters here on Tuesday that the entire stolen jewellery except 200 gm, which has been mortgaged by the accused, have been recovered.

The members of the special team will be honoured with cash reward and Good Service and Meritorious Service entries in their service file.

Mr. Viswanathan told reporters that Ramesh Babu, son of K. Saminathan of Ramasamy Iyer Street, Natarajapuram in Chrompet in Chennai, used to visit Coimbatore frequently and stay in the hotel on Raja Street.

He had claimed to be a dhal merchant and had come to Coimbatore to collect dues from other merchants. He had made duplicate keys for all the rooms he had stayed.

He entered the room where the jewellery merchants from Rajasthan stayed using duplicate keys and decamped with the jewellery on July 16 when they went out for dinner, the police said. The almirah was found broken open using an iron rod. The special teams found that Ramesh Babu had gone missing immediately after the theft.They found him travelling to places in Andhra Pradesh such as Chittur, Guntur, Vijayawada, Kakinada, and Ongole. He was caught at Tirupati.Preliminary investigations revealed that he had already served a sentence in a theft case at Kollam Prison. Mr. Viswanathan said that hotels, and lodges should install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and insist on identity proof from those seeking accommodation.

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