Another accused held in heist case; over 6 kg gold recovered

Special teams of the Tiruchi city police probing the Lalithaa Jewellery heist on Sunday arrested another accused and seized a portion of the stolen valuables from him. The accused, C. Ganesan, 35, of Vadipatti in Madurai district, was arrested based on the information given by Murugan, the suspected mastermind who was brought by Bengaluru police to Tiruchi on Saturday.

The special teams recovered 6.1 kg of gold jewellery worth ₹2.30 crore from Ganesan after investigation. The stolen valuables were found hidden in a place near Ganesan’s residence, the police said. Ganesan, it is alleged, was the one who gained entry into the outlet, along with Murugan.

Ganesan is the third person to be arrested in the case. Police had earlier arrested I. Manikandan, from whom over 4 kg of stolen jewellery was recovered in Tiruvarur. With the judicial remand period of Suresh – another key suspect in the heist currently lodged in the Tiruchi central prison – coming to an end on Monday, the city police have decided to take him under custody for interrogation.

The city police will formally file a petition in a Judicial Magistrate court here on Monday seeking custody of Suresh, who surrendered a week after he escaped on being intercepted by a police team in Tiruvarur a day after the heist.

Police sources said the custodial interrogation of Suresh will throw more light on the case, in which the special teams have recovered more than 20 kg of stolen valuables so far.

With the Bengaluru police having taken Murugan into custody to probe the series of offences in which he was involved in areas falling under their limits, sources in the Tiruchi city police say they could take Murugan into custody after furnishing a Prisoner’s Transit Warrant only after the end of his custody period in Bengaluru.

Having recovered nearly 80% of the valuables stolen from the Lalithaa Jewellery outlet, the challenge before the special teams now is in recovering the remaining valuables, for which Murugan’s interrogation will be vital.


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