COIMBATORE: The city has been witnessing a rash of major burglaries despite deployment of special police teams.
Police said, Magesh Kumar (39), resident of Ganapathy Pudhur, working here in the north taluk office as tahsildar, had sent his family to their native place for the quarterly vacation. Mahesh also had left for Chennai on September 26, on an official trip and returned home on Sept. 27. On his return, Magesh was shocked to see his house door broken and the cupboard ransacked.
Around 10 sovereigns of gold jewels along with Rs 50,000 cash kept inside a bureau were missing according to a complaint filed by Magesh.
Acting on the complaint, Saravanampatty police along with finger print experts rushed to the spot and screened a pair of finger prints from the cupboard. Further investigations are on.
In another similar incident, burglars entered the house of a 72-year-old businessman, Narayanasamy, at Sai Baba Colony - Bharathy Park. Knowing that Narayanasamy and his family resided in the ground floor, they tactfully entered the house by breaking opening the first floor back door, and made away with Rs 25 lakh worth valuables including gold and diamond jewels, plus Rs 10,000 cash.
On receiving information, police rushed to the spot along with finger print experts and a sniffer dog, and started investigations.
In the third incident in Ganapathy, a three-member gang entered a house during the day assuming that there was no one inside, and the door was kept open. But the house owner came down running from the terrace and raised an alarm. Before they could escape, Sachindar and his neighbours caught them and handed them over to the Saravanampatty police, after a sound thrashing. Investigations are on.
500 HELMETS GIVEN: Meanwhile, in a generous gesture, 500 helmets were distributed free to the public in Coimbatore on Saturday by Kalam Welfare Trust and Nehru Nagar Lions club, on behalf of the 'Friends of Police', Coimbatore city police. Sri. Prateep V Philip, DGP, Civil Supplies, presided over the function.