The arrest of a lorry driver has helped the police resolve many cases of housebreaking, writes V.S. Palaniappan

INVESTIGATIONS INTO a series of housebreaking cases reported from Singanallur and Peelamedu areas in the city were actually an eye-opener for the public on certain do's and don'ts in preventing burglaries.

Following frequent incidents of housebreaking, special police teams were formed. When the police analysed the modus operandi of these crimes, it led to a vital clue. The houses that were burgled had either some construction activity going on on the premises or located close to sites where some new construction projects were coming up.

This turned the focus of the police towards workers involved in construction activities. But the breakthrough came when the teams found that a driver of a lorry carrying construction materials was behind the incidents. The lorry driver, S. Srinivasan (28) of Pollachi, was found to be bringing sand, blue metals or brick to the construction site late night. After off-loading the consignment, he used to park the lorry close by and pretend as if he was sleeping. Late in the night, he used to burgle the houses and decamp with the booty. In one such incident, the house owner sought supply of construction materials on the same night, since he had planned to go out of station.

After off-loading the materials, Srinivasan said to have burgled the house. Interrogation of the accused revealed that he was involved in seven cases of housebreaking.

Assistant Commissioner of Police, P. Muthuraj said that the residents should make it a point not to reveal their tour plans to any stranger. It would become an invitation to burglars.