The necklace worn around the necks of some Hindu devotees attending the Jaffna Nallur Temple festival were snatched by an organized gang.
According to the police a seven member gang was arrested by the Jaffna police yesterday over the crime and the stolen necklaces were also recovered.
The suspects had snatched the necklaces of four women during the festival on Tuesday and escaped in a van.
Investigations revealed that the suspects are residents of Chilaw and Chenkaladi and had committed similar crimes at religious festivals around the country.
The Jaffna police are conducting further investigations.