Chain snatchers target four women in 90 minutes

The Varthur police arrested three men working for a security agency who were allegedly involved in 28 chain-snatching cases.

The police gave their names as Rajanna (35), Ambareesh (25) and Arun B. Seenappa (20). While Rajanna was the managing director in Reva Security Agency, Ambareesh and Seenapppa were the field officer and the security guard respectively in the same firm.

The police, who recovered Rs. 19 lakh-worth gold jewellery from them, said the trio had been snatching gold chains for the past three years. Of the 28 cases, five were reported in the Madivala Police Station, while three each have been reported in Varthur, Vidyaranyapura and Ramamurthynagar Police Station limits respectively. “We were tracking them for a long time,” said a police officer.

The stolen chains were sold to some jewellers in K.R. Puram.

90-minute spree

Meanwhile, on Thursday morning, the city reported four incidents of chain snatching in a span of 90 minutes.

The first was reported from H.S.R. Layout around 7 a.m., when Sashikala, a State Bank of India employee, went to dispose of waste in a bin nearby. Two motorcycle-borne men pushed her and sped away with 90 gm of gold, she told the Madivala police.

Another bank employee, Padma, a resident of Siddalinga Nayak layout, lost her 50-gram gold chain when she was returning after accompanying her son to the school van, Girinagar police said.

Senior citizen Girijamma was targeted on her morning walk, she told the Hanumantanagar police, while the last victim was Rajamma, a domestic help who lost her chain while she was on her way to work in Ramappa Layout, in the Channammanakere Achukattu Police Station limits.