2 robber gangs nabbed, property recovered

CHENNAI DEC. 7. In a major breakthrough, two gangs, including a group of college dropouts, who were first time offenders, have been arrested by the Chengai East police and gold jewellery, cellular phones and electronic items, totally worth Rs. ten lakhs, recovered from them.

Six special teams, after sustained investigation, arrested 10 persons, including the four-member gang of first time offenders in the last one week. The arrests led to the detection of over 33 offenders, the SP (Chengai East) A.G. Pon Manickavel, told reporters today.

"The police teams used all their ingenuity to detect the cases and it was a specialised task. The police personnel who were involved in the operation worked with dedication. There will be a definite decline in crime with the arrest of these two gangs", he said.

The lure for quick money made the college dropouts, who hailed from a good family background, get hooked to crime. The youth targetted couples in desolate areas on the beach near Uthandi. "They would split into two groups. While two persons would approach the potential victims, the other two would keep guard. They mainly concentrated on stealing mobile phones", Mr. Manickavel said.

During the last two months, stolen property worth Rs. two crores, were recovered and over 20 persons arrested for various crimes.

The major crimes detected including the arrest of the gang which targetted consignment lorries on the highways. This particular gang had struck in different parts of the State. "Now with the arrest, no consignment theft has been reported in the recent past", he said.

Mr. Manickavel said "we are taking all efforts for reducing crime and instructions have been given to all police personnel to treat complainants properly". He also urged the residents to co-operate with the police during vehicle checks. Several check posts had been created in the district as part of a crime prevention exercise. The crackdown against criminals would continue, he said.

The SP also urged those who had been robbed of their mobile phones on East Coast Road to inform the police. Though the police had recovered over 20 cellular phones, so far it received only about ten complaints, he added.

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