The special teams of the Coimbatore City Police arrested three persons who were involved in a burglary and recovered cash and jewellery worth Rs. 40 lakh from them.
Talking to reporters, City Police Commissioner C. Sylendra Babu and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) N. Kamini said burglars broke into the house of Kamrudeen Moideen in Burahni Colony in Peelamedu and decamped with 1.5 kg of gold (187 sovereigns) and Rs 10 lakh cash. Moideen had gone abroad when the theft occurred.
Mr. Sylendra Babu said that the accused Kitchan alias Karthik (24), Vinodh (23) and Subburaj (23) hailed from Bodi in Theni District and Erode and Coimbatore.
Records revealed that the trio were first juvenile offenders. The acquaintances they cultivated while serving sentences had made them habitual offenders.
The special teams led by Ms. Kamini, Assistant Commissioner of Police K. Pitchai and Inspector P. Periyasamy fanned out in different directions.
One of the accused was nabbed at Erode when he was about to leave for Mumbai. The cyber crime sleuths provided inputs in nabbing the accused at the right time, Mr. Babu said.
The accused had more than mobile phone handsets and over 15 Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards to keep changing the numbers to escape from the police.
One of the accused was holidaying at Puducherry, while the other had buried the booty under the ground and the other accused had even paid advance from the booty to purchase a house.
The teams recovered 150 sovereigns of jewellery (except 16 sovereigns) and Rs. 8 lakh (of the Rs 10 lakh looted from the house).
The accused have a crime record of involvement in more than 10 cases and one of them was released from prison only in November last year.
In appreciation of the good work, Mr. Babu handed over certificates of appreciation to Inspector Mr. Periyasamy and his team and a cash reward of Rs 5,000 for the breakthrough achieved within six days.