Trichy jewellery heist: Police obtain vital clues

Chennai: The Trichy police have formed seven special teams to nab the two robbers who decamped with gold and diamonds from Lalithaa jewellery store in Chathiram on yesterday.

The teams are probing the case in several angles.

According to sources, the police suspect that North Indian men could have been involved in the heist and a probe for the accused men have begun in this angle.

They say that Rs 13 crore worth gold and diamonds have been stolen from the store. Following a search operation in Pudukottai, six persons from North India have been held on the basis of suspicion. The men were bed sheet sellers.

It said the men were staying in a hotel in Pudukottai, when the police arrived at the spot, one of them who had returned to the hotel after buying food, panicked and began running. He allegedly jumped from the first floor and injured himself.

Police admitted him to a government hospital where he is being treated.

Unconfirmed reports also say that six persons are being inquired. Some of them are allegedly involved in eight criminal cases in Kerala.

Sources say that a team of police from Kerala are coming to Tamilnadu for further inquiries.

Trichy City Commissioner, Amal Raj, Deputy Commissioner Myilvahanan and other senior police men visited the spot and conducted inquiries.

Forensic science experts and sniffer dogs are also pressed into service. The police are checking the visitors who came to the store and in the neighbouring areas.

A team of police is also checking the CCTV facility at the store. They are also verifying all the phone calls made in the locality during the time of the heist.

It maybe noted that a CCTV grab showed two men wearing a dog mask and another a cat mask walking away with bags on their shoulder.

The duo gained access into the store after drilling a hole in the wall of the store. They stole 800 pieces of jewellery which weighed over 100 kilograms.

Police said the robbery was planned carefully and seemed like expert work. The criminals sprinkled chilli powder to avoid being traced by sniffer dogs.

NT Bureau