Kancheepuram: A 34-year-old school teacher was arrested near here and 73 sovereigns of stolen gold jewellery, valued at about Rs 20 lakh, recovered from him, police said.
Madhan Maran, a school teacher at a hamlet in Vellore district, was arrested on suspicion last night, police said.
Police said there were already cases of chain snatching pending against him and he had already been booked under many cases in and around Osur.
He had joined as teacher in a village school at Osur in 2004 and he was suspended from service in 2012 after he was arrested on robbery charges. He had obtained stay on the suspension and had resumed teaching in a school in Vellore distict two months ago, sources said.
His modus operandi was to go on 10 days leave and commit robberies in the neighbouring district of Kancheepuram, police said, adding, 18 cases of chain snatching had been registered against him in the district.