Two history-sheeters on a burgling spree aimed at achieving a haul of 200 sovereigns to settle down in their lives were arrested by city police here on Monday. Around 142 sovereigns of gold jewels and Rs 50,000 in cash stolen from around 22 houses in the suburbs were recovered from the duo.
According to sources, Sundar alias Daniel (32) and Tajudeen (37), both from Nandavanamettur in Avadi, were intercepted by police during a routine vehicle check on New Military Road in Avadi on Sunday. On interrogation, the duo reportedly gave evasive replies arousing the suspicion of the cops, who picked them.
At the police station after intense questioning, the duo reportedly confessed to having committed a series of burglaries in and around the city. According to sources, the duo during interrogation stated that they were planning to launch their own call taxi service with a fleet of four cars. To bring their plans to fruition they had set themselves a target of looting 200 sovereigns of gold and later selling it to buy cars.
Describing the modus operandi of the duo, sources said they would monitor the houses where the inmates were used to leaving keys, for other family members, in accessible areas like under shoes, slab and carpets before going out on chores.
After selecting their target, the duo would strike at the house when the inmates were away in the morning or the afternoons and decamp with the valuables. Sources said the duo had struck at places in Avadi, Avadi Tank Factory, Thirumullaivoyal and Ambattur using the same method.