Murder accused confesses to involvement in series of robbery cases

Interrogation of the 34-year-old suspect, who was arrested recently in connection with the murder of Seethalakshmi alias Aruna, a bank employee in Nungambakkam on January 2, has revealed his involvement in a series of crimes in the city and the ‘novel' ways of committing them. Besides the murder-for-gain case, five robbery cases were also detected following his arrest.

Police sources said the suspect, Arokiasamy alias Arockiadas, a native of Sivagangai, was arrested after his fingerprints matched with those lifted from the scenes of crime in two different cases.

Joint Commissioner of Police (East) S.N. Seshasai said: “Arokiasamy is a cook in the morning and crook at night. He targeted women living alone. He would cycle near the house to study the activities of the targeted victim and find out escape routes, and a few days later, he would attack. In many cases, he entered the compound of the house in the night waiting for an opportunity to sneak in.”

Once inside the house, he would hide under the bed for hours and come out late in the night.

“In two robbery cases, he shocked the victims, and threatened them to part with valuables. Armed with a knife often taken from house and a pen torch he used to carry along, the man would rob the woman of her gold jewellery and cash,” Mr. Seshasai said.

In the case of murder-for-gain at Nungambakkam and five other cases of robbery, including three in T.Nagar, one in Abhiramapuram and one in Adyar, Arokiasamy didn't allow his victims to switch on the lights so that he could conceal his identity.

He also made them open the almirahs and hand over the jewels so that he would not leave behind his fingerprints. However, his fingerprints found on the window of Seethalakshmi's house and prints from the crime scene in Abhiramapuram led to his arrest, police sources said.

Arokiasamy was taken into police custody and following interrogation, he confessed to having committed the crimes, including the murder-for-gain. Jewellery weighing 75 sovereigns were recovered from him. He was sent back to judicial custody on Tuesday.

The suspect told investigators that he committed the crimes in order to open a restaurant of his own some day, police sources added.

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