MANGALURU: the police seized valuables worth Rs 4.39 lakh at Uppinangady and detained three women on Wednesday.
The arrested women are Nagamma, (18), a resident of Bannikoppa, Devamma, (19), a resident of Hadagali and Geetha, (24) of Shirahatti taluk. The trio belongs to Gadag taluk.
The arrested women, who are nomads, used to allegedly loot houses, where they were working as maids and doing other odd works. They forced their children to beg at bus stations and railway stations.
Based on a tip-off, the trio were nomadic with children in a suspicious way near Shree Sahasralingeshwara Temple in Uppinangady, detained them and took them for interrogative.
When they unsuccessful to give the info asked by the police, their bags were checked, where156 grams of gold valuables were found to be hidden inside. The valuables included rings, bracelets, chains, and other items worth Rs 4.39 lakh.
The police said they used to steal from houses that they worked in, and then fled to another place. They robbed a house in Bajal, where they had gone to works as a maid.
For the past week, they moved to Uppinangady and had combined to thieve houses near. A complaint has been registered with the Uppinangady police station.