The Tirupattur district police handed over 170 lost and found mobile phones to the owners here on Saturday.
Superintendent of Police (SP) K. S. Balakrishnan returned the phones to the owners. The phones, worth ₹40.80 lakh, were recovered by the Tirupattur district cybercrime police.
This initiative was the third of its kind since a cybercrime police station was formed at the SP office in Tirupattur in March 2021. On two occasions between 2021 and 2022, the police returned 263 mobile phones, which had a total value of over ₹50 lakh, to their owners.
Missing phones were traced and returned to owners once in six months before the cybercrime cell was formed. But the restitution got delayed by the pandemic. “Now, we are ensuring that lost mobile phones are returned to their owners in a short time. Many owners are from Bengaluru, Chennai, and Tiruvarur. They are travellers,” Mr. Balakrishnan said.
A five-member team of the cybercrime police station traced the phones on complaints filed at all 11 law and order stations in the district.
The police said a round-the-clock helpline number (944-2992526) is available for residents to alert the cybercrime team to the missing of mobile phones.