Special Correspondent

Gold jewellery weighing more than 150 sovereigns were stolen between February and November 2008 in Avadi and Thirumullaivoyal

TAMBARAM: Avadi police have arrested two persons hailing from West Bengal, one of them a few days ago, in connection with serial burglaries in houses in Avadi and Thirumullaivoyal areas in which gold jewellery weighing more than 150 sovereigns were burgled between February and November 2008.

Briefing reporters on Monday, Chennai Suburban Police Commissioner S.R.Jangid said the arrest of the three main suspects was made by a team that spent nearly a fortnight in West Bengal.

He said gold jewellery weighing as much as 160 sovereigns were burgled in day-time offences in areas coming under Thirumullaivoyal police station limits during that period.

A special team that conducted investigations established that A. Muthalif (35) of West Bengal was the mastermind behind the crimes.

He was serving a sentence in a Chennai prison for his involvement in crime cases in Villivakkam and nearby areas coming under Rajamangalam police station limits.

He was arrested sometime ago.

Muthalif’s confession led police to the trail of Kasim Laksar (54), who was nabbed after a 10-day intensive search that led the police team to different districts of West Bengal. One more of their accomplice, Yakub Ali, was at large, Mr. Jangid said.