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Stolen articles worth Rs. 25 lakhs restored to owners

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Accused burglar reportedly broke into 20 houses in 10 areas

CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Police Commissioner, R. Nataraj, restored stolen gold jewellery, silver articles and electronic goods, worth Rs. 25 lakhs, to their owners on Wednesday.

Briefing journalists, the Commissioner said the police recovered gold jewellery weighing 430 sovereigns, 30 kg of silver articles and electronic goods following the arrest of Gurusamy alias Bombay Kumar of Sivaganga at Chintadripet here on March 30.

Gurusamy was an expert in removing grills from windows and gaining entry into houses.

He had been detained under the Goondas Act in 2003 and was released in March last year. After his release, he broke into at least 20 houses in Adyar, Aminjakarai, Anna Nagar, Egmore, Kilpauk, Koyambedu, Mylapore, Nungambakkam, Tirumangalam and Vepery.

He sold the stolen properties to Anandasamy and Moolchand Sait of Tiruchi and Krishnamurthy of Madurai.

The three have also been arraigned as accused in the case for having knowingly received stolen property from the offender, Mr. Nataraj said.

Mr. Nataraj said Gurusamy had also broken into the house of M.B.N. Rao, Chairman, Indian Bank, and escaped with 5 kg of silver articles worth Rs. 50,000 when Mr. Rao's wife was alone in the house on Oliver Road, Mylapore, in October last year.

Held for theft

The police arrested Murugan of Ritchie Street over a burglary in a sports goods shop on Anna Salai and recovered silver idols and dollars weighing three kg, besides Rs. 10,000 in cash.

About 25 cases of `grill offences' that were committed in the past five years remain unsolved, Mr. Nataraj added.

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