Police patrol vehicle noticed lights and movement

Armed policemen entered a house in Madipakkam in the early hours of Monday after two north Indian youth — one of them a minor — broke into the residence to steal.

St. Thomas Mount district police sources said Subbaiah (62) of Arivoli Street in Srinivasan Nagar, Madipakkam, had locked his home and gone to Tiruchendur in Tuticorin district on a pilgrimage, a couple of days ago.

However, he left a message at the Sadasivam Nagar police booth, requesting the police to keep a watch on the house at regular intervals.

On Sunday night, a police patrol vehicle passed by the senior citizen’s house and noticed that everything was normal. The same patrol team while crossing the house around 3 a.m. on Monday noticed that while the house was bolted from outside, there was movement inside the house that was well lit. When the patrol personnel knocked at the door, the lights went off immediately. The personnel then asked for assistance over their wireless radio.

Within minutes, a team of policemen, including some armed with pistols, came to the house. When they asked the men inside to come out, their order went unheeded. Armed with the pistols, the policemen broke open the front door, barged inside and found the two men hiding in one of the rooms. The youth had stolen and packed cash, jewellery and other valuables in two huge bags.

They were taken to the Madipakkam police station and later to an undisclosed location, where they were interrogated. One of them identified himself as Ram Swarup (18) of Rajasthan. His accomplice, a minor (16 years old), is from the same State.

They were working in a textile store in Madipakkam during the day and indulging in property offences in the night.

Investigations also established that the two were involved in property crimes in Parry’s Corner and other areas of the city and were also wanted in a few cases in Madipakkam limits. Further investigations are on, the police said.

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