North Indian robbers behind Lalithaa Jewellery heist: Cops

The special team of Trichy police, which has been formed to solve the Lalithaa Jewellery heist, has reportedly said North Indian robbers were involved in the robbery. They have also said the robbers will be arrested in a day or two.

In a major heist in the heart of the city, burglars wearing masks decamped with gold ornaments worth about Rs 18 crore from Lalithaa Jewellery Mart near Chathram Bus Stand in Trichy on Wednesday.

The masked robbers stole nearly 800 jewels weighing about 30 kg after gaining entry into the Lalithaa jewellery showroom by drilling a side wall Tuesday night, police said.

The robbers gained access despite six night watchmen guarding the showroom and reportedly spent nearly 90 minutes inside the store.

“As many as 800 gold and platinum ornaments have been burgled,” Kiran Kumar, the chairman and managing director of the group, said.

City police commissioner A Amalraj and the local police officials visited the spot. CCTV footage showed two masked men entering the showroom through a drilled hole and leisurely removing the jewels.

Police said one person could have collected the gold jewels by waiting outside the shop. CCTV footage captured at the store shows two men — one wearing a dog mask and another a cat mask — entering the ground floor of the store with duffel bags in hand. The store is located near the busy Chathram bus stand area of the city.

The burglars removed all gold ornaments in the ground floor of the three-storied jewellery mart and escaped through the same route.