A youth barged into the house of a woman in Nazarabad here on Wednesday, grabbed her gold chain and ran out. However, some alert residents and passersby nabbed the youth after a chase and handed him over to the police.

The police gave the name of the accused as Mahesh, a native of Yelandur in Chamarajanagar district, who works at a hotel here.

The victim, Indravathi, was accosted by Mahesh, who, on finding her alone at home, grabbed her chain.

A shocked Indravathi shouted for help, thereby alerting other residents, who chased him and caught him. The police took the accused into custody and recovered the gold chain from him.

He accosted the woman in her home; her cry for help alerted residents