A 23-year-old woman was arrested on Wednesday for stealing her sister-in-law’s gold jewellery from the latter’s house, while the entire family was asleep at Vengal village in Thiruvallur district.
Police said Majima (23), wife of Mohammed Latif, was staying with her mother-in-law and father-in-law at Jamindar street in Vengal village. On Tuesday, when the trio moved to the residence of Pamidha (34), her sister-in-law Majima saw an opportunity to steal and hide Pamidha’s 32 sovereigns of jewellery, which was kept in a bureau, police said.
“The two sisters-in-law live only a few blocks apart. On Tuesday night when Majima moved into Pamidha’s house, she slept near the bureau, in which the jewellery was kept”, they said.
Investigation revealed that she had stolen it because of greed and had concealed it in the verandah of the house. “She had also scattered some chilli powder near the bureau so that it will be difficult for dogs to sniff it,” said inspector Balasubramaniam of Vengal Police Station.
“There were no signs of any outsider coming to the house. So, we had doubts whether somebody in the house had committed it. When we checked the fingerprints, we were able to confirm that the thief was Majima. She maintained her cool till that point, but later got nervous and confessed. We registered a case on her under section 380 (theft in dwelling house) of the Indian Penal Code and remanded her in custody,” the inspector added.