Despite the presence of the Booster Patrol, set up exclusively to tackle chain-snatchers, two unidentified men on a motorbike made away with the gold chain, estimated to weigh seven sovereigns, of a woman travelling on her two-wheeler on Tuesday morning.

The Vanchiyoor police said Jayalakshmi, 39, of Sreevarahom was travelling on her scooter on the Punnapuram-Kaithamukku road around 8.15 a.m. when the men attacked her, causing her to fall off her vehicle, and snatched her gold chain.

Ms. Jayalakshmi managed to note down the registration number of the bike,which later turned out to be a fake one.

The police said the Booster Patrol was alerted and it gave chase till Vattappara, but could not nab the duo.

Burglary at temple

Burglars decamped with the gold ornaments of the deity at the Irattakulangara Devi temple in the Mangalapuram police station limits late Monday, the police said.

The police said a gold chain, earrings, and other ornaments, weighing about two sovereigns, and around Rs.3,000 in cash from the offering box that was broken into, were reported missing.

Forensic experts examined the spot.

Cheating: one held

The Mangalapuram police on Tuesday arrested one Manikandan, 27, of Navaikulam after several depositors of the chit fund that he operated lodged a complaint that he had cheated them.

The police said that so far, misappropriation of funds to the tune of Rs.10 lakh had been brought to their notice.

The office of Kumaresan Chit Funds had been sealed for the time being.

Manikandan was produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.

Body retrieved

The body of Manuel, 21, of Cheriyathura, near Beemapally, who went missing in the sea off the Pozhiyoor coast on Monday was retrieved from the sea on Tuesday.

Efforts to trace Manuel on Monday had ended in vain.

The body, brought to the shore by the police and the Fire and Rescue Services divers, was handed over to relatives after autopsy at the Government Medical College Hospital.