SALEM: Burglars struck at a private finance company’s office here on Tuesday and decamped with 690 sovereigns of jewellery and cash.
According to Gangavalli police, Murugaesan (28), a resident of Ulipuram in Tammampatti, was the manager of Muthoottu Mini Financiers Private Limited branch at Gangavalli. After two day of holidays, on Tuesday morning, he opened the branch, he found that the strong room and locker were broken open.
He alerted the Gangavalli police, who found that burglars had broken the window on the backside of the branch and gained entry.
A sniffer dog squad was brought to the spot and forensic experts gathered finger prints from the branch. The police registered a case and were on look out for the perpetrators.
Sources in the police told Express that they suspected involvement of an insider behind the heist. Sources said that the burglars were aware of the fact that CCTV cameras were not working for the past 13 days and similarly the alarm had conked out two days ago.
Moreover, the branch had not employed security guard.
Sources said that there were 710 sovereigns jewellery in the strong room, but the robbers took away 690 sovereign.
Special team led by three Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSPs) Namasivayam (Attur), Kandhasamy (Sankagiri) and Somasundaram (Vazhapadi) was formed to nab the perpetrators.
8.5-kg heist: Salesman nabbed
A day after gold ornaments weighing 8.5 kg, worth `2,52,36,550, were looted from a jewellery shop at Ambasamduram, the police arrested a salesman and three others here on Monday.
The Ambasamduram police said, Yaseen, owner of Salimar Gold House on Ambasamduram main road had approached them on Sunday afternoon saying that gold ornaments worth 8.5 kg were looted from his shop. The Ambasamduram Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) R Sankar and Inspector Kumar visited the spot.
The officials formed three special teams led by Ambasamduram DSP Sankar, under the direct supervision of SP V Vikraman. During the probe, the needle of suspicion fell on Mohamed Sheik Samsudeen (25) from Mela Seval and the officials arrested him. Further inquiries revealed that Mohamed along with three others - Mohamed Kadhar Ibrahim (21) and Nagoor Meeran (32) from Mela Seval and a 17-year-old boy - were the perpetrators.