A duo attacked a 50-year-old jeweller with sharp weapons near his house on CMR Road here on Monday in broad day light before escaping with gold weighing around 2.5 kg.
Police said that C Thatchanamurthy, was running a jewellery shop on East Avani Moola Street near Meenakshi temple. Apart from the shop, he also used to take orders from smaller units, especially from Aranthangi near Pudukkottai, and deliver the same every Monday. On Monday, he left his house on CMR Road at 8.30 am for Aranthangi on a two-wheeler with 2.5 kg gold jewels to be supplied to his clients. When he neared VKP Krishna Mahal, hardly 500 meters away from his house, a bike-borne duo attacked him with sharp weapons.
“They attacked on my head and body. I started running towards my house. However, they pounced on me and snatched the gold before escaping in a car,” said Thatchanamurthy.
As the incident took place before the shops in the area had opened, there was no eyewitness to the incident, police claimed.
Meanwhile, an auto driver said he mistook the entire event as an accident. It was only after Thatchanamurthy started crying for help that he realised something amiss.
Suspecting insider hand in the robbery, cops said that the attack was a well planned one and the assailants would have had followed the victim closely before the crime. Police recovered the bike used by the duo and registered a case. Investigations are on.