They recover 3,810 grams of jewels

In a major breakthrough, the police arrested nine persons, including a woman, and recovered 3,810 grams of gold jewels from them on Monday.

The jewels were reportedly missing from the Muthoot FinCorp premises situated on the Arapalayam Cross Road here about a fortnight back. Following a complaint from the Kerala-based pawn broking firm’s branch manager Balasubramanian that an unidentified gang kidnapped him and assistant manager Satish Kumar and subsequently took away 37 kg of gold jewels from their office, the police had registered a case.

Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur, who visited the scene of crime, formed special teams.

Four days back, a key accused, Selvin of Madurai, surrendered before a judicial magistrate court. The police took him into custody for interrogation.

Based on his confession, the accomplices of Selvin were arrested.

Their names were given as Suryanand (28) of Railway Colony, Madurai; Chandru alias Rajkumar (27) of Gingee; his brother Sendhil (25); Mohammed Idris (24) of Arakonam; Manoj alias Karthik (28) of Tirunelveli; Vinod alias Arockiaraj (28) of Kodaikanal; Ravichandran (33) also from Kodaikanal; Anna Julia Mary (27) of Gnanaolivupuram, Madurai, and a 20-year-old man of S.S. Colony, a college student.

Cases under IPC Sections 120 b, 365, 387, 342, 420, and 395 and others were registered.

From the beginning, the police had a suspicion that the entire crime could not have happened without the assistance of either some serving employees or ex-staff of the firm.

In this direction, the police inquiries unravelled that Selvin had been the mastermind. His friend, Suryanand (an employee of the pawn broking firm), had provided the tips.

To execute the crime, Selvin had gathered like-minded friends.

The gang had allegedly kidnapped the complainant and his colleague Satish Kumar.

After detaining them in an undisclosed destination, the keys of the office branch were forcibly taken from them and within a short time the jewels weighing 37 kg were stolen. To escape from the eyes of the police, the robbers had de-activated the surveillance camera and the alarm.

Later, when they left the premises, the gadgets were re-activated.

A few more arrests are likely and the police are confident of recovering all the lost properties intact.

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