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Burglar held for series of break-ins

Special Correspondent

Photo:C Venkatachalapathy

Superintendent of Police Ashwin Kotnis displaying the valubles recovered from an offender in Cuddalore on Wednesday.

CUDDALORE: A special police team formed by Superintendent of Police Ashwin Kotnis on Wednesday nabbed a person who was involved in a series of break-ins and recovered 71 sovereigns of gold jewellery, 4.5 kg of silver articles and cash amounting to Rs.20,000, all worth about Rs.10 lakh.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr. Kotnis said that in the past two months a series of theft cases were reported from places such as Kurinji Nagar in Veli Semmandalam area and at Kondur, located within the jurisdiction of the Nellikuppam police station limits.

On July 30, the house of T. Jothiramalingam (60), situated on Nandagopal Street in Kurinji Nagar, was burgled and valuables worth Rs.21,000 were taken away.

On August 21, 25 sovereigns of gold jewellery and silver articles were looted from the house of P. Amaran (60) at Kurinji Nagar.

Again on September 26, the intruder broke into the house of J. Suresh (36) of Annai Teresa Street in Kondur and decamped with 48 sovereigns of gold jewellery, four kg of silver articles and Rs.20,000 in cash.

Suspecting a pattern in all these incidents, the Superintendent of Police constituted a special police team to trace those involved.

While the special team was carrying out a vehicle check early on Wednesday at Veli Semmandalam, A.Vadivel (42), a resident of Lawspet, Puducherry, was detained.

During interrogation it came to light that Vadivel was involved in the cases.

His modus operandi was to move around in a two-wheeler during daytime, carrying a sack with an improvised crowbar, and pose as a carpenter. Whenever he came across any locked house, he would stealthily make use of a crowbar to remove the latch and gain entry.

Earlier, he was caught in four such break-ins that took place at Hasthampatti in Salem district and was convicted, the SP added.

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