An alert police constable, attached to the Jaihindpuram police station, nabbed a suspected chain snatcher after a hot chase for nearly one km at Jaihindpuram on Wednesday evening.
The police said the constable, S. Mandhaichamy, driver of a patrol vehicle, was attracted by the hue and cry raised by a few people, while the vehicle was crossing Pulipandian Street at around 6 p.m.
When they sought his help in nabbing a fleeing chain snatcher, the constable jumped from his vehicle. He stopped a two-wheeler rider and asked him to rush him to the area where the chain-snatcher had gone. When the policeman saw the suspect running in a narrow by-lane where he could not be chased in a two-wheeler, he got down from the vehicle and started running after the chain snatcher. After chasing him for nearly one km, the policeman pounced on him.
A fisticuff ensued between them, after which Mr.Mandhaichamy overpowered him. Meanwhile, the crowd that kept following them arrived at the spot and helped him secure the suspect.
The police said the secured youth, along with another person, had snatched a part of the two-sovereign gold chain of a 60-year-old woman, M. Rajeswari, of Ramaiah Street.
The woman was going home after purchasing things when two youths intercepted her. The police are on the lookout for the other accused.