Burglars broke into a house of a timber merchant here and decamped with 70 sovereigns of gold jewellery and three kilograms of silver articles.

The burglary came to light on Wednesday morning when S.Karthik (26), engaged in timber business returned home after visiting his sister’s house at Thiruvadanai. His wife was away at her mother’s place near here.

Police said the burglars have gained entry into the house, located on the first floor by breaking open the grill gate and main door gate. They, however, had no difficulty in opening the steel bureau and the inside locker as they found the keys kept on top of the bureau.

Before decamping with the booty, the burglars poured water brought from the bathroom on the bureau, in a bid to erase the finger printsFinger print experts were pressed into service.