Four of them were chased down by the Kochi police after a dramatic chase on Tuesday.
During an examination of the crime scene and while taking statements of people close to Rajan, the police learnt that his bag containing cash, jewellery worn by him and his bike were stolen.
The bizarre incident took place at the Aroor Puthenangadi Sreekumara Vilasam temple.
The cop had earlier faced action over a sexual assault complaint
Suhail, who has been living a luxurious life by selling the stolen articles, was arrested from Ponnani in Malappuram
Spanish newspaper El Pais said both the player and his wife Alysha Behague suffered minor injuries.
The gang robbed the house of Sindhu, the head mistress of the Girls Higher Secondary School, Malayankeezhu, at around 12.45 pm.
As per the post mortem report, Joseph's broken neck bone pierced into his lungs, resulting in the death.
'As consolation, I am taking a pair of clothes with me,' read the note, which went viral on social media.
The number of thieves involved in the incident are not known at present, police said and added that they were going through CCTV footage from the area to identify the culprits.