Three persons were arrested here on Monday for allegedly stealing iron pipes meant for Hogenakkal Integrated Water Project (HIWP) from Thogarapalli Village near Mathur.
Police seized 53 pipes worth around `8 lakh along with a lorry and car.
A few days ago, villagers noticed some persons loading pipes onto a lorry and alerted the contractor who lodged a police complaint.
On Monday, police intercepted a car near Kannandahalli Village.
Grilled, the occupant of the car, Vijaykumar of Chennai, confessed to be part the racket and led the police to the lorry. Lorry driver was arrested.