Burglars broke into a house in Mylapore on Wednesday night and made away with about 50 sovereigns of gold jewellery after smearing sambar on the cupboard to leave no trace of fingerprints.
According to sources, Murugan, a resident of Second Street in V C Garden, had left for Tirupati along with his family on Wednesday morning.
On Thursday, a neighbour noticed the front doors of the house broken open and the articles inside the house in disarray.
On information, a police team visited the spot and conducted an inquiry. Although the exact value of the articles stolen could not be ascertained as the family was yet to return, their relatives said around 50 sovereigns of jewellery kept in the cupboard were stolen.
“The burglars broke open an iron grill gate and a wooden door.
“It is likely that the burglars seem to have known that none was there in the house though it was locked only for a day,” said a police officer.
Forensic experts had a tough time collecting fingerprints from the spot as the burglars had used the sambar kept in the refrigerator and smeared it on the cupboard and other places. The police have registered a case and further investigation is on.