COIMBATORE: A man, who collected the mobile number of a woman from a matrimonial website and expressed his interest in marrying her, stole 7.5 sovereigns of gold ornaments from her house in Coimbatore on Wednesday evening. The Peelamedu police arrested the man and his friend on Thursday night and recovered the stolen gold ornaments from them.
The arrested men have been identified as V Manojkumar, 28, of Mullai Nagar in Palaniin Dindigul district and his friend R Gowtham, 30 of Appar Street in Palani.Gowtham was working in a hotel in Palani.
A 50-year-old woman of Brindhavan Nagar in Coimbatore married an Army man in 1998. She divorced him in 2006.
The woman, who was working in the sales tax department, took voluntary retirement a few years ago.
Police said the woman, who was planning a second marriage, posted her details along with photos and contact number on a matrimonial website. She received a phone call from Manojkumar a few days ago. He expressed his interest in marrying her. He told her that he wanted to meet her in person. She agreed to meet him and asked him to visit her at Brindhavan Nagar in Coimbatore city.
Manojkumar met the woman at her residence on Wednesday evening. His friend Gowtham waited outside the house. Manojkumar chatted with the woman for a while. When the woman went to the terrace to collect the clothes, Manojkumar broke open a bureau, took 7.5 sovereigns of gold ornaments and escaped from the house.
The woman lodged a complaint with the Peelamedu investigation wing police. The police registered a case and traced Manojkumar and Gowtham. They were remanded in judicial custody.
“During inquiries, we came to know that the arrested men had used a similar modus operandi in Kallakurichi district. They were involved in a few other theft cases too,” said Coimbatore city commissioner of police V Balakrishnan. He advised people who give their details on matrimonial websites to be cautious.

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