Ranni: A woman here helped the cops to catch a thief who had intruded into her house and stole her 4.5 sovereign gold chain in the wee hours of Thursday. The housewife managed to bring the 35-year-old thief down from his scooter after she closed in on him 4 km away after a chase on her own vehicle. Though he managed to flee again after a fight, he was later picked up by the police on being alerted by locals who spotted him soon.
The intrepid chase happened after Shoji had woke up around 3 am Thursday, and saw a man standing outside her window. She realised that the man, who had bent the bars of the window, had already snatched her chain.
The thief, identified as Balesh, soon fled on his scooter at high speed. Shoji chased him on her own scooter, and spotted him at Madaman. He fell off the scooter as she kicked him, but picked up a duel with her. Shoji got a bit uneasy as her churidar was torn in the fight, and Balesh used the chance to take his scooter and flee. Shoji, however, had grabbed his mobile phone. She called her husband and returned home.
Balesh was caught by the police after Aji Panikkar of Choorakuzhi, who was on an early morning walk, noticed him in a suspicious situation and called local people. They kept him under custody and summoned the police.
The police recovered the stolen chain from the scooter that Balesh was riding, and Shoji identified him.
Shoji is the wife of Thadathil Mathew Joseph (Shibu) of Mullanpara, Banglamkadavu. Balesh is from to Kollamparambu in Kacherithadam, Adichipuzha. Earlier, Shoji had chased a Bengali man who had stolen her mobile phone at dawn, and caught him some 3 km away.
Shibu runs a chicken outlet at Vadasserikara.
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