Kundapur: Instances of chain-snatching, all in broad daylight and in crowded areas, were reported in a few places in Uttar Kannada and Udupi districts on Wednesday.
It was the day of Nag Panchami, on which occasion women visited temples, most of them wearing expensive jewellery.
Since all the instances involved bike-riders, the same persons are suspected to have executed all the thefts.
Around 8 am, the bikers snatched gold from women walking by the side of the road and sped towards Byndoor. After some time, a woman lost her gold to snatchers on bike at the Bhatkal bus stand.
The incident took place in front of the Urban Bank very close to the police station. Shilpa Radhakrishna Bhat, an employee of a ration shop is the victim, who lost a chain worth Rs 60,000.
Later on two men riding a bike snatched a chain from a woman in Tallur bus stand in Kundapur taluk. Hence it is thought that it was the same duo.
On receiving information from Tallur, the Kundapur police tried to nab them near Sangam but in vain. An attempt to catch them was made at the Shastri circle but there too they managed to escape.
Information was passed to the Kota police station. But the culprits might have got alert and did not arrive there at all. They appear to have taken a different route to escape.
Eyewitnesses said that it was a Bajaj Pulsar bike. The rider, with a helmet on, wore denims and a black shirt. The man on pillion wore denims and a yellow shirt. He did not wear a helmet.