A maid servant was held on Tuesday for stealing 24 sovereigns of gold from the house of a private school teacher in Muthialpet on Monday.
SP (North) S Ramaraj said Rajee @ Rajeswari @ Shanthi (21), residing in a Tsunami house at Solai Nagar, was arrested following a complaint from Michael,a teacher.
The SP said Michael, who was staying at a rented accommodation on Perumal Koil Street,had engaged Rajee to look after his children. In the course of her work, she earned the trust of the teacher and ultimately, he gave her a duplicate key to the house.
On Monday, Rajee called Michael and informed him that she saw two persons running away from the house. He rushed there and found a bureau open and the gold ornaments kept within missing. He then filed a complaint with Muthialpet police, who suspected Rajee.
On questioning, Rajee confessed that she had taken ornaments and had hidden it in a nearby street. Police recovered the stolen ornaments, having an estimated value of `5,20,000.
Speaking at a press conference, SP S Ramaraj warned that people engaging servants in their house should get their personal details and photos.