Miscreants who came to burgle the house of S. Kumarasamy (71) of Chinathambipalayam village near Mallasamudram in Tiruchengode Taluk told him on Monday, “Take the knife but please ask your wife not to scream.” Then they handed over their knife to him.
Mallasamudram police who registered a complaint and are investigating said Kumarasamy and his wife K. Perumaye (65) were the only occupants of the bungalow in Chinathambipalayam. Their son and daughter live outside the town.
At about 10 p.m. Kumarasamy answered the door when someone knocked on it, police said. A stranger reportedly showed an address and asked him for directions but before Kumarasamy could lock the door after complying with the request, three miscreants who wore masks pushed their way inside the house.
According to police. the trio asked the old couple to hand over their money and jewellery.
However, the two did not have any valuables with them as they had kept them safe in their relative's house in Coimbatore.
They had taken this precautionary measure following the theft of a moped, a cow, two goats, a few chickens and some other belongings from their house about three weeks ago.
Meanwhile Perumaye who became frightened, started screaming for help. The miscreants pleaded with her not to scream and also promised that they would not hurt the couple, police said.
The polite thieves also asked the couple to open the almirah and display their valuables but could only get Rs. 1,500 from them, police added. The miscreants fled after removing the SIM card from Kumarasamy's mobile. They took the phone with them.
Tiruchengode Deputy Superintendent of Police A. Sujatha visited the spot.