Fake medical rep held, 12 thefts solved

Fake medical rep held, 12 thefts solved

The next time you wait outside a doctor’s room, you must watch out for the person sitting next to you. A smartly dressed young man carrying a laptop may not be a medical representative or a patient, but a thief.

A man was arrested on Monday at Safdarjang in south Delhi for stealing valuables from various doctors’ room at hospitals across the national capital, posing as medical representative, police said.

Mangal Singh, 28, used to dress up in formals and carry a bag to look like a medical representative and wait outside till the doctors left their chambers. He would then slip inside to steal their valuables. And in case if somebody enquired, he would tell them that the doctor had called him and he was a medical representative.

With his arrest, Delhi Police claimed to solve several burglary cases executed with similar modus operandi at Safdarjang Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Lok Nayak Hospital.

Singh, who is fromSagarpur in Delhi Cantonment, was arrested after Safdarjang police officials received similar complaints of burglary from various hospitals in last few months.

On Sunday, Dr Poonam Dhanda of Safdarjang Hospital approached police and complained that her purse containing Rs 39,000 in cash, credit and debit cards and various identity cards were stolen after she left her room for a 15-minute break during afternoon.

Police after scanning close circuit television camera footage at the hospital found that it was a work of a well-dressed man who was waiting outside Dhanda’s room.

“First, we were clueless. But as we started investigating, we zeroed in to Singh and nabbed him,” said a police officer.

During interrogation, Singh told police that he generally used to steal valuables of women doctors as they shy off from making a police complaint. He added that he had been committing burglaries for many years in a similar fashion.

Many cases would not have  been reported as the loss might have not been big enough, police said.

Generally he stole laptops and purses, but sometimes he even picked up whatever he could lay his hands on.

An investigation is on, but for now, police claimed, he is involved in over 12 cases.

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