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28 sovereigns of gold and Rs. 16,500 cash stolen
All gates and doors of the house left unlocked
VIRUDHUNAGAR: In a daring robbery, an armed gang looted 28 sovereigns of gold and Rs. 16,500 from a doctor couple at Aruppukottai on Thursday.
The police said that the culprits, who had partially masked their faces, carried with them crow bars and clubs into the house of M. Sampath (52), who runs a private clinic near Bethamman temple.
The armed men, in the age group of 22 to 30 years, first threatened the watchman, G. Sadayandi (65), with a crow bar and silenced him.
Around 2 a.m.
Even as one of them guarded him, others entered the house at around 2 a.m.
The Superintendent of Police, S. Prabhakaran, said that the main gate, grill gate, main door and the bedroom door were left unlocked, which made things easier for the gang.
The inmates had claimed that they did not hear the two hybrid dogs in their house bark.
They entered one of the two bedrooms where Dr. Sampath was sleeping.
Threatening him with a crow bar pointed at his neck, the culprits forced him to part with the jewels.
Later, when they sought for the almirah key, he led them to the next bedroom, where his wife, Vijayavalli, was sleeping.
Besides her jewels, the gang was also able to lay its hands on Rs. 16,500.
From the way the robbers conducted themselves, the police suspect that they could be local persons or others who were familiar with the doctor couple.
The Aruppukottai Taluk police have registered a case.
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