He made away with 7 kg of gold

A man from Thrissur who made away with 7 kg gold has been arrested in Lucknow.

A police team from Thrissur, comprising Sub-Inspector K.J. Chacko and Civil Police Officer C.C. Subhash, nabbed Shijo P. Joseph, 38, of Chelakkottukara from the Lucknow airport.

Menachery Babu, a city-based gold manufacturer, and his brother Martin had lodged a complaint with the police that Joseph had on May 25 made away with 3,561 gm gold belonging to them. Joseph had allegedly stolen gold from a few other places too, the police said.

An investigation, led by Crime Branch Superintendent P. N. Unnirajan, revealed that Joseph had stayed in Bangalore and Dubai after the incidents.

He later returned to India via Nepal. He was living in hiding in Jammu and Kashmir, and the North-East.

The investigation team found out that he had a plan to leave India again. The team alerted Lucknow police and he was detained at the airport there. He was brought to Thrissur, produced before a court and remanded in judicial custody.

“We are trying to find where he had sold or stashed away the gold,” an investigator said. The investigation team included Sub-Inspector P. Sankarankutty, Senior Civil Police Officer T.R. Gladstone, Civil Police Officers Linto Devassy, K. Sooraj and Subir Kumar.

Incidents of gold robbery have been frequently reported in the district, a major jewellery manufacturing centre.

On October 28, 2009, a man was arrested on charges of robbing a jeweller's employee of 1.5 kg of gold at Palakkal on October

15. The accused threw chilli powder at the employee and robbed him of gold around 2.30 a.m. while he was transporting it from Kannur to Thrissur. On May 21, 2008, a three-member gang threw chilli powder at two persons and robbed them of cash and 148 gm pure gold.

On June 13, 2011, the police nabbed 11 persons in connection with the robbery of 1,844.680 gm of gold jewellery from an artisan.

A motorcycle-borne gang snatched the bag containing the gold, valued at over Rs.39 lakh, from the artisan in front of a jeweller's shop in the heart of the city on June 7 around 10.30 a.m.

On February 19, 2012, the police arrested eight persons at the Punkunnam railway station on charges of carrying six kg gold and Rs.1.57 crore without proper documents.

JMA gesture

Early this July, the Jewellery Manufacturing Association (JMA) had felicitated the police for their exemplary investigation of a few recent jewellery robbery cases. Commissioner P. Vijayan had received a memento from the JMA on July 9. ‘Shadow Police’, formed at the initiative of the Commissioner, had recovered between May 1, 2011, and May 5, 2012, 718 sovereigns of gold that went missing.

  • He had stayed in Bangalore and Dubai

  • Police yet to recover the booty