MYSURU: After a brief lull, the Chain Thieves are back in action with Mysore reported three cases in a single day last week.
Since January, the city has reported 46 cases of chain robbery. In total, gold jewelry worth Rs 65 lakh was lost in the city.
In 2018, the city had reported 31 cases of chain robbery which rose to 45 in 2019, 38 in 2020 and 46 cases in 2021.
As many as three cases were reported in a single day this year on August 6 under different police station boundaries. The cases were reported by Yadavagiri Railway Quarters near Rani Chennamma Circle within the boundaries of the Hebbal Police Station, at Kuvempunagar CITB Layout within Kuvempunagar Police Station boundaries and at Vidyaranyapuram Second Cross within Vidyaranyapuram Police Station boundaries. The youths on bicycles tore off the chains in all three cases.
Although disbelievers struck 46 times this year in seven months, police were able to recover gold chains worth Rs 19 lakh from disbelievers in 16 cases after arresting the offenders.
Similarly, the police also found 31 cases against 45 reported in 2019 in recovering Rs 1.5 crore of gold chains against a total of 1.6 crore.
Police also arrested violators in 21 cases compared to a total of 38 reported in 2020 per Rs 2 crore worth of gold. As many as 46 cases were also reported last year 2021 but the police successfully solved 25 cases by recovering gold chains worth Rs 71 lakh against the total of Rs 1crore.
As chain robbers targeted older women in the majority of chain robbery cases, instructions were issued to all police stations to intensify the routine beating, particularly in the morning and evening, as most of cases reported during those hours, the deputy police commissioner (crime) said Gita Prasanna.
She also said that the city police are keeping a close eye on chain thieves and closely monitoring repeat offenders after collecting their details from all police stations in Mysuru and nearby districts.
Speaking to YOU, City Police Commissioner Chandragupta asked the public to help the police identify the offenders.