Men pose as police personnel, cheat women of their jewellery

Men pose as police personnel, cheat women of their jewellery

Two men who posed as policemen and cheated unsuspecting people of their jewellery have been arrested on Saturday.

The accused would first win over the trust of the victims and then make away with their valuables.

The first of a series of such incidents came to police’s notice in April this year when a woman approached them at RK Puram station and lodged a complaint.

She was headed to a market in the area when two persons in plain clothes met her at a traffic signal and introduced themselves as policemen.

“They advised her to keep her gold bangles and earrings in her bag, warning her of nefarious elements looking out for victims like her,” said a senior police officer.

“When she was keeping the valuables in her bag, they even acted as if they were helping her,”  the police officer added in his statement.

But the accused, using some trick, did not actually keep the jewellery in the bag and the woman realized this only much later.  An FIR was subsequently registered.

Police were forced to not consider it as an isolated case after they received a similar complaint on May 5.

A lady had hired an autorickshaw for Aurbindo Marg, but the vehicle broke down in between.

Even before she could hire another autorickshaw, two men arrived on a motorcycle and using the same modus operandi as the previous one, they managed to keep her off guard and fled with her bag containing her jewellery.

Police soon learnt that the two suspects would be arriving near Saket Metro station on Saturday to dispose off the stolen articles.

Trap laid

A trap was laid and Akhlakh in which Mehandi, 29, and 32-year-old Sagar Mishra were caught and arrested from the spot.

They have allegedly confessed to police of their involvement in several cases along with three other persons, who police claimed were notorious cheats.

Efforts are on to nab the remaining associates and check if the arrested duo was involved in other similar cases, said police.

Cheated gold jewellery worth Rs 3.5 lakh have been recovered from the duo, police added.