Coimbatore Railway Police have arrested a 40-year-old man on charges of robbing passengers.

According to the police, during a routine check at Platform 4 of the Coimbatore Junction on Friday, they found a man trying to flee.

V. Baskaran confessed to his involvement in three cases, the police said.

In the first case, Baskaran, a native of Theni, had robbed passenger Haseena of jewellery weighing three sovereigns when she was on her way to Salem on January 2.

In the second incident three days later, Baskaran robbed passengers Harikumar and his wife Swetha of 16 sovereign gold jewellery and Rs. 2,000 in cash, which they had kept in a bag.

In the third incident, reported on January 29, he robbed passenger Annama Thomas of jewellery weighing two sovereigns. The police said that Baskaran had taken to crime of late as he did not get proper employment. He had completed a course in an industrial training institute and had worked in a few mills in Theni, Coimbatore and a few other places.

The police also said that he had planned to rob passengers because he thought he would not get caught.

Judicial custody

The police said that they had seized 20 sovereign jewellery, arrested him on February 2, and produced him before a court which remanded him in judicial custody.