Two Coimbatore residents lost their jewellery weighing 43 sovereigns and Rs. 1 lakh cash to burglars who struck at houses in Thudiyalur and Singanallur.

In the first incident in Thudiyalur police station limits, the burglars broke open the doors to a house in Nithya Nagar and decamped with 20 sovereign jewellery and Rs. 1 lakh in cash that were kept in a safe. The police said that the incident happened when the resident Ranganathan, a retired Agriculture Department officer, and his family were not at home. In the second incident in Cooperative Colony, burglars struck in broad daylight on Friday at Ravichandran’s house in Cooperative Colony. The Singanallur police said that the burglars had struck at the house after watching the movements of the residents – Ravichandran, his wife Suganthi and son Ashwin, for, they waited for the three to leave home.

Ravichandran worked for a company in Lakshmi Mills, Suganthi worked for a well-known manufacturing company in Coimbatore and Ashwin was a college student. The burglars broke open the front door and also the safe to lay their hands on 23-sovereign jewellery.

The police said that the incident came to light on Friday evening when Ashwin returned home from college. He then alerted his parents, who rushed home and then lodged a complaint with the police.

The police said that the burglars appeared to be very professional in that they had erased fingerprints and left no clues.