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Lalitha Jewellery heist: One more accused held in Madurai, 6kg of jewels recovered

In the latest update in the Lalitha Jewellery heist in Trichy, the police have arrested one more person in connection with the crime on Saturday. The arrest happened a day after Murugan, the alleged mastermind of the crime, surrendered in a Bengaluru court.

According to reports, C Ganesan, a resident of Kuruvithurai near Vadipatti in Madurai, was picked up by the police on Saturday night. Around 6 kilograms of jewellery worth Rs 2.3 crore was recovered from his house. Murugan, who had surrendered on Friday, reportedly spilled the beans about his accomplice Ganesan and his whereabouts. The police also said that Murugan was also allegedly involved in the Punjab National Bank robbery that took place in Trichy earlier this year.

The police said that Murugan is wanted for a similar case dating back to 2015 in Banaswadi, Bengaluru. He also allegedly has several other cases pending against him in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

On October 2, two men broke open into Lalitha Jewellery in Trichy and stole jewellery worth almost Rs 13 crore, after drilling a hole in the wall of the showroom. The CCTV visuals of the crime show two men, wearing masks of a cat and a dog, entering the showroom and dumping the jewels into a bag. Last week, Suresh, one of the accused in the crime, surrendered in a court in Tiruvannamalai district. He reportedly told the police that the men in the masks were Murugan and his accomplice Ganesan, and claimed that his part in the crime was restricted to transporting the stolen jewels. 

The police had questioned Suresh’s family members and associates and had also arrested Suresh’s mother Kanagavalli in connection with the crime. Around 450 grams of jewellery was recovered from Kanagavalli. 

Source: The News Minute