Talking on walkie-talkie, fake cop steals gold jewels

.Police arrested Syed Abubakar,40, of Chandra Layout, who used attention diversion on 40 women and took away their gold chains worth Rs 50 lakh. 

A man disguised as a police officer brandishing a walkie-talkie stole gold chains from unsuspecting women by employing a new mode of attention diversion in the city. 

Police arrested Syed Abubakar,40, of Chandra Layout, who used attention diversion on 40 women and took away their gold chains worth Rs 50 lakh. 

He targeted women aged above 50 as they are vulnerable. Dressed in neatly pressed police uniform and holding a walkie-talkie, Abubakar would introduce himself to his victims as a senior police officer. He would tell them that a chain snatching gang was on the prowl in the area. 

Abubakar would ask the women to remove their chains and cover them in a napkin. He would then give another napkin and offer to drop them till the end of the road. In many cases, he would place the napkin in the bag and make away with the gold ornaments, police said. 

He would tell the victims to uncover the napkin only after reaching home. When they opened the napkins at home, the women either found empty napkins, stones or fake jewellery. 

Abubakar diverted the women's attention by talking aloud on the walkie-talkie, which police say, is a new method of attention diversion. He would say a chain snatching gang was lurking in the area. He acted as if he was passing on instructions to his subordinates about the chain snatchers. 

Police seized the uniform and the walkie-talkie after arresting Abubakar, but are yet to recover all the jewellery he stole across the city. Abubakar confessed to the police that he stole the uniform from a KSRP officer and the walkie-talkie from a security guard, police added.

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