The police achieved a breakthrough in crime detection, resulting in a massive recovery of 182.5 sovereigns of gold from 14 criminals involved in a series of incidents. The worth of the recovered valuables including 40 grams of silver was put at Rs. 59 lakh. Besides, cash of Rs. 11, 000 was also recovered and three lorries were also seized from the gang.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, Tirunelveli Range, Sumit Sharan, who paid a visit to Tuticorin District Police office on Wednesday, inspected the recovered jewellery and weapons used by the criminals.

Addressing media persons in the presence of Superintendent of Police M. Durai here, he said that the 14 men in detention were involved in 41 cases.

In Tuticorin district, many property offence cases were pending since 2011 while some fresh ones had been reported in Srivaikuntam, Tiruchendur, Tuticorin Rural and Kovilpatti areas.

To detect these cases, the DIG said special teams were formed under the supervision of Mr. Durai and Deputy Superintendents of Police.

The teams tracked down the criminals in Tuticorin and neighbouring districts including Tirunelveli, Kanyakumari and a few were held in Madurai. Lauding the efforts, the DIG said the police operation revealed higher incidence of gang-related crimes.

The snatched chains were soon sold at jewelleries at unreasonable price.

Hence, the goldsmiths, who need to be sensitised, should be aware of such situations and avoid buying these stolen properties.

The arrested were N. Rajesh (24) of Aalanji village, Kanyakumari district, J. Ruban (29) of Manapad, Tuticorin district, B. Michael (33) of Manapad, K. Kalidoss alias Kali (26) of Sellur in Madurai, P. Karthi of Sivanthakulam, Tuticorin, J. Dinesh alias Jesu Dinesh (28) of Palayamkottai, M. Ramesh (26) of Pudhugramam, Kovilpatti, P. Joesph alias Madasamy (19) of Manthithope, K. Sankar (36) of Avarampalayam, Coimbatore, P. Kathiravan (26) of Alangulam, Tirunelveli, G. Mariappan (27) of Alangulam, M. Petchimuthu (21)of Kuppakurichi Mettur, Tirunelveli, J. Pradeepraj (25) of Melashanmugapuram, Tuticorin, M. Karuppiah alias Kumar (29) of Thathaneri, Madurai.