Drive against chain-snatchers

Police arrest a total of 31 persons

The elusive chain snatchers can no longer be active in the city as the Salem City Police through a special drive have nabbed 31 of them who included a physiotherapist, house wife, weaver and a fruit vendor besides the habitual criminals.

The recovery from the snatchers is a staggering 148 sovereigns of gold jewellery worth Rs. 19.33 lakh.

To check the menace of these elements who had spread panic among the people, including early morning walkers and housewives, IG and Police Commissioner Sunil Kumar Singh chalked out a detailed plan to net these ‘elusive criminals' for which a special squad from three ranges under the command of Assistant Commissioner of Police K. Mohan Kumar was also formed.

The team spread out to vantage points and at odd hours and recently arrested a gang of four youths – Jagan and Kishore of Dadagapatti, Prabhu of Nethimedu and Vijay Kumar of Annathanapatti - who had converted the snatching into a full-time job.

They were involved in 9 cases and looted 15 sovereigns of gold jewellery, 25 mobile phones and two motor bikes, all valued at Rs. 2.43 lakh.

The police had so far cracked 36 cases of snatching in the city so far of which seven alone had to be investigated.

Further the backlog from the last year, eight snatching cases, also had been detected.

A total of 148.25 sovereigns of gold jewellery had been recovered from 36 cases of snatchings.

Of the 31 criminals, 22 are labourers. Two habitual snatchers had been detained under the Goondas' Act.

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