TIRUVALLUR: A spate of house break-ins rocked MTC Nagar in Maraimalai Nagar early on Sunday morning.

When neighbours discovered that the main door of a house on second main road, MTC Nagar, had been broken open, they alerted the police. The owner of the house, Karthik, a government employee, had left to his relative's house in Kumbakonam on February 15. He returned as soon as the police contacted him. Jewellery weighing about 20 sovereigns and a few other valuables were missing, police said.

Another house on the same street was also targeted and five sovereigns of gold and Rs.35,000 was found missing. Duraisamy, who resided in the house, had left for Dindugul along with his family two days ago, police said.