Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The third house-break in close succession has confirmed the police doubts about a gang of robbers from the neighbouring State operating along the railway lines. Following this, the beat patrolling along the railway lines has been enhanced.

After the first break-in was reported from Thiruvankulam a couple of weeks ago, the police had blocked all roads connecting the scene of crime. However, the group could strike at another house at Kadungamangalam immediately after that.

“It was then it struck us that the group was operating along the railway lines. Five persons were picked up by a beat patrol party along the railway lines the next day itself,” said Manoj Abraham, City Police Commissioner.

It has been learnt that a group of nearly 35 persons from a village near Salem has reached the State and is operating in various places. This was confirmed by a series of house-breaks in Kumily and Thrissur in days preceding the crimes committed at Thiruvankulam and Kadungamangalam.

However, the break-in at Thammanam in the early hours of Sunday was more planned, it seems. The police picked up three personson Sunday itself.

The City Police are buoyed by the response they got for the ‘vacation trap’ drive.

Police personnel and representatives of the residents association wait in houses where residents have gone on vacation.

Till date, 10 cases have been registered, four in Palarivattom and six in Ernakulam Town North police station, where robbers walked into the trap, said M. Remesh Kumar, Circle Inspector, Ernakulam Town North.