CHENNAI: Weeks after burglars struck at the residence of a woman sub inspector at Ice House, the city police claimed to have solved the case with the arrest of two suspects here on Tuesday.
Of the 110 sovereigns gold jewels and three kg silverware that was stolen, police said they have managed to recover 45 sovereign jewels and 1 kg silverware from the arrested duo - Arun Kumar, (24), and Raja, (26), both hailing from Mattankuppam, Triplicane.
Further, police are trying to trace cash and other valuables that were looted. One more person, believed to be the prime suspect, has already been arrested and lodged in Puzhal prison.
The arrest and recovery of the property proves wrong the earlier suspicion of the city police harboured on whether the burglary was indeed true.
On November 25, Rajeshwari (65), mother of Bhuvaneshwari, who works as sub-inspector in Crime wing of Ayyanavaram police, stepped out of her residence on Paratharasarathy Samy Koil street, Triplicane, around 12.30 pm to chat with her neighbour. She returned around 2 pm to find two bureaus broken and valuables missing.
Initially, the family lodged a complaint with Ice House police stating that the burglars could have broken the window grille and decamped with the valuables. Police claimed that Arun Kumar and Raja, who were nabbed on Monday night, did
not break into the house but went through the doors left open by Rajeshwari and walked away with the valuables.
“Had the family locked the doors intact, the burglars wouldn’t have entered into the house,” a senior police official said.
The duo admitted to have committed the offence with the help of one Prakash, a history-sheeter, now under detention for an offence.
“We are in the process of recovering the rest of the loot. We hope to get custody of Prakash in this case.
The loot was shared in three ways, with Prakash cornering a lion’s share of it,” an official privy to the investigation said.