COIMBATORE: A 16-year-old tenth standard student of a city school reportedly fled from his residence after his parents scolded him for stealing their money to buy a mobile phone. The police are now trying to trace him and have finally located his phone near Dindigul district on Saturday.

According to police, T Vijayakumar (16), a student of CSI boys school near Town Hall in the city, has been missing since Friday. He had left home in Ramanathapuram to attend early morning tuition class at around 6 am. He was last seen on Bharati Nagar fourth street where his father Thiagarajan, a construction labourer left him on Friday morning.

“His father accompanied him till the fourth street. His tuition centre is on the fifth street in the same locality. It now seems he did not attend tuitions and went somewhere else,” said Meenakshi Thiagarajan, his mother.

The parents claim that they saw a new mobile handset with Vijayakumar on Thursday evening and scolded him when he could not explain properly from where he got the phone. “We now realise that he was stealing money from our house and also using our ATM card without our knowledge. But it is okay we just want him to return,” Meenakshi added.

The parents have lodged a missing complaint with the city police on Friday evening. “We are trying to locate the boy. We are also talking to the parents’ family friends and relatives, in and around Coimbatore,” said S Gomathi, inspector, Puliyakulam police station.