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CHENNAI: A gang that moved into the first floor of a residential building after posing as prospective tenants allegedly attacked and robbed a woman of her gold jewellery in Thoraipakkam on Thursday night.
According to police sources, a woman aged about 45 and three men approached Chokkalingam, who owns a two-storey building at Kannagi Nagar in Thoraipakkam, and sought to move in as tenants in the first floor.
After preliminary negotiations, they gave some advance and occupied the house a few days ago. On Thursday night, one of them invited T. Mari Selvi (27), living on the ground floor, for a cup of tea.
As Selvi was having tea, the accused, including the woman, attacked her. After tying up and gagging the victim, they took her eight-sovereign chain and snatched the ear-stud causing a bleeding injury.
An hour later when Chokkalingam came on a routine visit, he heard an unusual noise on the first floor. He saw the injured woman and shifted her to a nearby hospital. The robbery took place when Selvi's husband Thangaraj, a businessman, had gone to work, the sources added.
“We have some definite clues in the case. A special team of the Thoraipakkam police is investigating,” Assistant Commissioner of Police K.N. Murali said.
In another case at Nerkundram, S. Rathi (38) who owns a fancy store was relieved of her gold chain by a man who came to her shop on Thursday.
Police said the suspect pretending to be making some purchase snatched the 11-sovereign chain of the woman and tried to escape.
The victim raised an alarm drawing the attention of passers-by who nabbed the accused person. He was handed over to the Maduravoyal police.
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