Special Correspondent

MADURAI: Police recovered 186 sovereigns of gold, a four-wheeler, 12 two-wheelers and domestic consumables, among others, all valued at around Rs. 42 lakh, said Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan here on Friday.

Speaking to reporters, he said that based on complaints received since February 2009, special teams were formed to nab the accused in various crimes.

Complaints included missing case of 100 sovereigns and Rs. 1.05 lakh cash by a pawnbroker on Kamarajar Salai during March, which alone accounted for Rs. 11.27 lakh. In all, 36 cases were detected and as many as nine persons arrested were detained under the Goondas Act as they had allegedly indulged in committing crimes in several grave cases.

The names of the arrested included Saravanan, Murugan and Ravi of Madurai who had allegedly escaped with 100 sovereigns of gold and Rs. 1.05 lakh cash from a victim near Kamarajar Salai on March 3.

The special team led by Inspector of Police (crime) Illango secured the offenders and recovered the gold intact, the Commissioner said.

Mr. Nandabalan said that in the case of missing two-wheelers, the police found that some teenaged boys (13 to 15 years) studying in classes 6, 7 and 8 confessed to having stolen the vehicles. After a jolly ride, the boys abandoned the vehicles in some pockets and escaped.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) S. Selson Monick Rao said that based on the confessions of the four boys, the special teams recovered the stolen two-wheelers.

After registering cases against them, they were all taken for judicial custody.