Subrahmanya: Shanta, Shobha and Surekha, three young women hailing from Koppal district, were arrested by the Subrahmanya police on Thursday.
They were found to have come with the intention of stealing in the guise of pilgrims. They appeared to be part of a gang which arrived by a vehicle.
The police on their patrol beat found the trio standing in dubious circumstances near the Savari Mantap in the early hours. When the police approached, they tried to escape in the vehicle driven by a male associate.
While the police managed to catch the women after a chase, the driver, named as Prashant Dhawan, is said to have escaped.
When interrogated, they admitted to having executed petty thefts around the place.