**Berhampur**: Cracking down on the rising cases of chain snatching in Ganjam district, the cops have arrested four thieves from Berhampur’s Sadar area today.
Five gold chains, two kilograms of silver ornaments, a country-made revolver, knife and a bullet were also seized from the gang’s possession.
The gang’s modus operandi was to use high-speed motorcycles and dash away after snatching expensive chains from the unaware public’s possession. Two bikes that were being used by the gang to carry out these operations were also seized from the gang.
Addressing a press meet, Berhampur SP Pinaki Mishra said, “A series of chain snatching incidents had been reported in the district in the last month. Today, we have successfully put those to a halt as the gang has been nabbed from Sadar Police Station limits including the mastermind behind this racket.”
“Two out of the four arrested were involved in total of 33 chain snatching cases alone. Several cases have been lodged against them in various police stations of Gopalpur and Hinjili as well. This is the extent of the gang’s criminal records,” he added.
Mishra concluded by saying, “We have initiated the process of finding the owners of these stolen properties. Rest assured, all the possessions will be returned to their rightful owners.”
Sadar SDPO Ashok Mohanty and IIC Siba Shankar Mohapatra were also present in the press meet.
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