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Trickster held on charge of theft

The Tambaram police have arrested a 60-year-old conman who used to divert the attention of old women and steal their jewellery.

According to the police, Kanakavalli, 68, of Tambaram had visited a temple in Mullai Nagar on August 31. “When she was in line, a man clad in yellow dhoti and white shirt and with sandal paste on his forehead stole her chain after diverting her attention by asking her to walk fast in the line,” said a police officer.

She lodged a complaint with the Tambaram police. Inspector R. Kamala Kannan investigated the case and found that Murali, a habitual offender, was involved in the case. The special team went in search of him to Tindivanam, his hometown, and nabbed him. “He is a tuberculosis patient and has been committing such crimes for many years. In 2014, he was nabbed by the police and 120 sovereigns of gold jewellery were recovered from him,” said a police officer.

His
modus operandi
was to divert the attention of his target. “He targets old women in temples, bus stands, railway station among other public places. Under the pretext of offering them a job in a company known to him, he would ask them to remove their jewellery to appear poor and wrap them in paper. He would take it and wrap it in a paper.

However, he would pocket the jewellery and keep some other goods of the same weight and texture in the paper and keeps it inside their hand bag,” said a police officer. “Since he looks like a devout person, the old women trust him,” added the officer.

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