The police arrested Dharmaraju Periyappan alias Dharmaraju on charges of committing a theft of 20 sovereigns of gold jewellery and silver ornaments worth Rs. 3 lakh at Tana Veedhi in Nawabpeta.

Nellore urban DSP P. Venkatanadha Reddy said that the robber had been held. He said that the offence was committed in the house of Kokkirala Prasad around midnight on Tuesday. Dharmaraju entered the house as the residents were sleeping on the terrace. When Prasad woke up around 2 a.m., he found the doors open.

The police were informed and a search was launched leading to the arrest.