The prime accused in the Lalitha Jewellery heist, Suresh, has surrendered at a Tiruvannamalai court on Thursday. He, along with another history sheeter, Murugan, were allegedly the men seen in the CCTV footage removing jewellery from the showroom.
Speaking to TNM, Trichy Commissioner K Amalraj confirmed that Suresh had surrendered and stated that district police are heading to Tiruvannamalai to take Suresh into custody.
"We will have to take him into custody and enquire about the remaining jewellery. We will be asking the magistrate for police custody," he says.
According to the commissioner, a total of 4.8 kg of jewellery has been recovered from the men and women detained in connection to the case so far.
"They have taken jewellery worth Rs 12.3 crores. All put together it is about 28 kg of gold," says the Commissioner. "We are already questioning his associates and family members. This could have caused him to surrender," he adds.
On October 3, a day after the theft made headlines, police at the Vilamal Junction in Tiruvarur spotted Suresh and another history-sheeter named Manikandan travelling together by bike. CCTV footage from the spot shows the two men speeding away and two policemen immediately jumping on a bike to chase them. While Manikandan was driving the bike on the busy road, Suresh was riding pillion. 10 minutes into the bike chase, Suresh jumped off the bike and escaped but the police managed to nab Manikandan. Manikandan had 4.25 kg of gold on him. Kanagavalli, Suresh’s mother and Murugan’s elder sister, was also remanded with 450 gm of jewellery.
On October 2, two masked men broke into the jewellery showroom in Trichy wearing cat and dog masks. CCTV footage from the store showed them entering the ground floor of the store, after surveying the surroundings. While one man holds out a duffel bag, another carefully breaks into the jewellery display, removing necklace after necklace on the mannequin.
So far, police have questioned over 10 associates and family members of the accused in the case