Bangalore: The North division police have solved 58 cases of robbery, burglary and theft and recovered gold ornaments, vehicles and electronic goods, together estimated at Rs. 24 lakh.
The police have arrested 21 people in connection with these cases, which were reported from different parts of the city.
The most significant of these detections was made by the Mahalakshmi Layout police, who arrested Vijaya Simha (30) of Vidyamaanyanagar on Magadi Road. They have recovered gold jewellery worth Rs. 9 lakh from Simha, an accused in nine burglaries.
In another case, the Rajagopalanagar police have arrested a five-member gang on charges of dacoity and theft and recovered from them 11 motorcycles, a car and an autorickshaw.
The arrested were identified as Shivanna (22), Ganesh (21), John Prabhu (22), Santosh Naik (28) and Umesh (26), all residents of Laggere.
The Vidyaranyapura police have arrested three women who had allegedly diverted the attention of salespersons at a jewellery shop and made away with 14 gold rings.
The police gave their names as Nagamma (65) and Manjula (30), both residents of Mysore, and Dhanalakshmi (30) of Laggere.
Commissioner of Police Neelam Achuta Rao returned the gold ornaments, recovered in different cases, to their owners at a press conference at his office on Tuesday. Some women were in tears as they got back their jewellery.
The Hebbal police have arrested Nagaraja alias Khoja Raja (27) of Nagashettihalli and recovered from him gold jewellery worth Rs. 1.75 lakh.
According to the police, Nagaraja, a homosexual, allegedly lured men to isolated areas on Hebbal Ring Road and Cubbon Park and robbed them. The police say they have solved 17 cases of robbery with the arrest.
In most cases, the victims did not lodge complaints. Efforts are on to trace them, Hebbal Inspector S. Badarinath said.