The Nagercoil police said that a man handed over to them by a businessman turned out to be a thief from Chennai, involved in several theft cases here. They recovered Rs. 5 lakh from him on Friday.

According to police sources, Shibly, a businessman, was returning home in his car, after withdrawing money from a bank. He noticed three persons following him on two motorcycles.

He stopped his car and tried to get hold of one of them.. During interrogation, police inferred that Suresh (39), from Rajamangalam in Chennai, was involved in several theft cases reported in the town limits.