After the three were arrested on charges of stealing the replica of the Nobel Prize from activist Kailash Satyarthi's Delhi home, it came to light that the thieves were unaware of what they had stolen, and only found out from the news.
The Indian Express reported a senior police officer as saying, "The trio, hid the jewellery and other valuables in different houses. They only got to know about the Nobel Peace medal from the news. They were waiting for the right time to sell the loot."
It was reported on Sunday that Rajan, Sunil and Vinod, who are also accused of burgling two other houses in the area, had been arrested.
The replica of the prize and other valuables were stolen from Satyarthi's home on February 7.
The police told The Indian Express that the police had to scan through more than 300 profiles of burglars after which they short listed 50.
While the police have recovered the replica, the citation of the prize is still missing.
Satyarthi had won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 along with Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai. He had presented the original medal to President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015, and it is now on display at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Satyarthi had found out about the burglary at his home when he with the President of Panama, his wife and other dignitaries, including the Indian ambassador to Panama.
(With PTI inputs)