Daylight robbery in Chennai caught on phone

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CHENNAI:  Two days after a woman was threatened at knifepoint and robbed of her gold jewellery near her house in Thoraipakkam, the footage of the crime has emerged.

The police are yet to identify the suspect while the victim is yet to recover from the shock.

The footage, widely shared on social media, shows the robber, armed with a huge knife, threatening the woman, Velam Senthil (39), a school teacher.

The robbery took place around 2.30 p.m. on Friday. Ms. Senthil, a resident of MCN Nagar, Second Lane, was going home when the robber rammed his motorcycle into her two-wheeler. He also had an accomplice.

Ms. Senthil fell on the road. Within seconds, the robber, a well-built man, was upon her, and threatened to kill her if she did not hand over her jewellery.

The video footage, recorded on a mobile phone by a person living in a house near the crime scene, shows the woman removing her jewellery and watch, shivering in fear, even as other motorists zoom past.

After further threatening the woman, the robber and his accomplice are seen speeding away on their motorcycle, even as the shell-shocked victim pushes her two-wheeler home.

The victim was reluctant to approach the police in fear of the robber. Residents of MCN Nagar alerted the police control room about the robbery.

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