Tiruvarur Suresh, wanted in connection with the break-in into the Lalitha Jewellery showroom in Tiruchi on the night of Oct 2, surrendered in a judicial magistrate court in Chengam in Tiruvanamalai district on Thursday.
The magistrate remanded him to judicial custody till Oct 14 and directed that he be lodged in the Tiruchi central jail. Coming out of the court, he shouted out to the waiting reporters that he surrendered mainly his mother Kanagavalli and friend Manikandan who said were innocent and were now in custody.
Suresh escaped the police dragnet during a vehicle check at Tiruvarur when he was riding pillion with Manikandan. Police, however, nabbed Manikandan and recovered from him four kg of jewels, part the 18 kg stolen from Lalitha Jewellery showroom and worth Rs 13 crore.
On the basis of the information gathered from Manikandan, police said the burglary was masterminded by ace criminal Murugan, uncle of Suresh.
To force Suresh to surrender, police took Manikandan and Suresh’s mother Kanagavalli into custody. While Suresh surrendered, Murugan is still at large.
The burglars, wearing masks and gloves and sporting jherkins, broke into the ground floor of show room in the early of Oct 2 by drilling a hole in a wall on the back side. They made a clean sweep of all the jewels kept there.
The sheer audacity of the crime made the police suspect it could have been carried out by a north Indian gang. With the arrest of Manikandan, police have now concluded it was masterminded by Murugan.