A 63-year-old diabetic woman was robbed of 16 sovereigns of jewels and cash after being forcibly restrained by a couple, who came to her house at Selaiyur on Monday in the guise of prospective tenants.
R Saraswathi stayed alone on the ground floor of her house at Easwari Nagar after her husband’s death as her sons had shifted out of the State. Inspector G Palaniselvan told Express, “She had put up a ‘To Let’ board for the first floor,” he said.
Around 8.30 pm on Monday, a couple arrived at her house and engaged Saraswathi in a lengthy conversation, discussing many issues such as rent and advance. Around 10 pm, the sexagenarian indicated that she wanted to sleep and told them to come the next morning with the advance. It had started to rain by then and the couple asked for an umbrella. On being told that she did not have one, they then sought a polythene bag. Suddenly, the couple forced Saraswathi to lie on the floor. “Saraswathi is a diabetic and had boils all over her legs. Hence, she was not very mobile,” the inspector said.
The couple then snatched two gold chains and a pair of bangles, besides cash, from Saraswathi and bolted the door before scooting.