Uppinangady, June 17, 2015: Some of the silver items which were stolen from the Shree Lakshmi Venkatramana Temple at Uppinangady on the night of June 4, have been traced in a plantation near Nattibailu in Uppinangady on June 16, Tuesday. It is believed that the thief had hidden the valuables in a water outlet channel which was almost covered with grass. The same was noticed by some workers who had come to the plantation for works.
If a cash of Rs one lakh from the temple donation box and silver articles worth Rs 5.5 lakhs were stolen from the Temple, of them silver articles worth Rs 4.5 lakhs placed in a plastic cover were found in the plantation of Nattibailu Krishna Nayak when the workers were removing the grass that had grown.
The Uppinangady police as well as the temple board members and priests rushed to the spot to ascertain if it were the stolen articles. Even a dog squad was pressed into service but was of little help as the plastic bag was wet.
Hospital chit found : Meanwhile, police have found a slip issued to patients at the Uppinangady PHC, close by the place where the plastic bag was found. As the slip was wet, it could not be read but the date mentions as June 3 ascertaining that the thief might have visited the PHC to get some medicines that day. The police are likely to visit the PHC to verify the records.
The police had earlier even visited Kannaur, Kasargod, Kahnangad and different parts of Kerala in search of the thief who was captured on CCTV camera but their visit was of little help.