Police probe reveals that he was a murder accused as well

The S.S. Colony police have swiftly solved a theft case reported from a house within four hours of initiating investigation, recovered the property intact and sent the accused to the Central Jail here on Thursday.

Police sources said that following a complaint from Sasi, a teacher working in a private school in Tirunagar and residing at Vanamamalai Nagar off Bypass Road, Commissioner of Police P. Balasubramanian directed the S.S. Colony police to register a case of theft.

According to the complainant, she had engaged a contractor to carry out painting works at her house and paid Rs. 55,000 for the same.

She had left her aged relative at home and went to the school.

On returning to home in the evening, the woman found that her gold jewellery weighing about 23 sovereigns valued at Rs. 3.30 lakh was missing from the almirah. Hence, she preferred a complaint.

Investigations revealed that out of the three workers who had come to the house to carry out the painting job, one among them identified as Murugan alias ‘Songi' Murugan (42) of Muniandipuram, Vilacheri, was suspected to have committed the crime, said S.S. Colony Inspector of Police (Crime) Ilangovan.

In the process of discreet probe with the suspect, the police realised that he was allegedly involved in a murder case in Mathichiyam police station limits in 1992 as well. Based on the confession, police recovered the jewels.

According to the confession, Murugan had stated that owing to debts, he had committed the theft. Mr. Balasubramanian lauded the S.S. Colony team for swift recovery.

Appeal to residents

Mr. Ilangovan has appealed to the people to be cautious while permitting outsiders for carrying out works inside house.