Girl, male friend held for bike-borne crimes

The Teynampet police on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old girl along with her male accomplice. The pair, according to the police, engaged in a robbing spree on a stolen bike, snatching chains and mobile phones from pedestrians.

Acting on specific information that two suspects were seen snatching chains and mobile phones from people walking along the roads in Guindy, Saidapet and Mambalam, the city police formed a special team to zero in on them. Some eyewitnesses claimed that they saw the girl indulging in chain-snatching, police sources said.

Even as investigators were looking for clues to crack the case, the duo struck again on G.N. Road, in T. Nagar, near Sun Plaza on Sunday. The victim, Prasanna Lapsa, 42, a resident of Vellala Teynampet, was returning from a driving school in Valluvarkottam with her friend at 7.45 a.m. when the suspects snatched a handbag containing the woman’s mobile phone and sped away. The victim lodged a complaint with the Teynampet police the next day. A police team led by inspector Vijayakumar perused CCTV footage and identified the suspects. “Using CCTV footage and call records, we close in on Wednesday morning,” the officer added.

The girl was identified as Swathi, 20, a native of Karur, a third-year visual communications student in a city college and her accomplice as Raju, 29, a resident of Choolaimedu. Police said both stayed in a lodge near Saidapet and partied at city pubs. They disposed of gold chains and mobile phones and spent the money lavishly.

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