Two bike-borne youth snatched a gold chain weighing around 2.5 sovereigns from a woman near the Walajapet bus stand on the busy Sholinghur-Walajapet road on Wednesday night.
Though it was the first incident reported in the busy area this year, it created fear among women commuters who regularly return home late after work.
T Meenakshi (37), an employee at the block development office in Walajapet, left her office around 6.45 pm on Wednesday to board a bus to her house in Periya Kancheepuram in Kancheepuram district. When she was walking along the Sholinghur-Walajapet road, two youth in their mid 20s, riding a motorbike, came in the opposite direction and one of them snatched her 2.5 sovereigns chain. However, Meenakshi got hold of other jewels that she was wearing. Before she could raise an alarm, the duo sped away in a trice.
The estimated value of the stolen jewel is `50,000, said Meenakshi, who lodged a complaint with the Walajapet police.
A police officer said it was the first incident of chain snatching in the locality. None of the passersby had got a good view of the miscreants as the place was poorly lit. A case was registered and search for the miscreants is on.
It may be recalled that two bike-borne robbers snatched a 2.5 sovereign of gold thali from a 45-year-old woman, Sumathi, of Masilamani Mudali Street in Kosapet during the early hours on July 30. The Vellore South police is yet to arrest the miscreants.