The Cuttack city police on Tuesday arrested two persons on theft charges and recovered from them a metal idol of Goddess Durga and a country-made rifle.

Conducting a raid following a lead, the Purighat police on Monday evening arrested one Ajay Das alias Aju (50) and his associate Bikram Dash alias Dipu (30) from a hideout in Tala Telenga Bazar of the locality and seized from them the idol and the rifle.

The duo has confessed before the police that they had stolen the items from the city and were looking for prospective buyers for the same. They were booked on charges under Section 379 (theft) 411 (dealing in stolen property) and 75 (enhanced punishment for previous conviction) of IPC and were forwarded to court on Tuesday evening from where they have been remanded in judicial custody, police said.