A field day for chain snatchers during festival

As the women of the City decked themselves up for festivities, a series of chain snatching incidents had them walking into police stations on Friday and Saturday.


When Subbamma, 58, of Nanjappa Layout, stepped out early Friday morning for a walk, little did she know that her chain would be snatched. Two bike borne miscreants sprang up from behind her and snatched her 40 gram chain.

Their faces were covered with handkerchiefs and Subbamma in a state of shock did not note down the vehicle number, said the KG Nagar police.

Two unidentified bike borne miscreants snatched a 25-gram chain from Sushma at MTS Layout.

She was standing near the gate of her residence at 10 am, when two persons approached her on a bike on the pretext of asking an address. They fled with the chain, Sushma told the police. The bike did not have a number plate, the Kengeri police said.

Prabha, 69, a resident of HMT Layout, was walking back home from a temple at noon, when two miscreants on a bike made away with her 80-gram gold chain. By the time she raised an alarm and the passersby could react, they had fled the spot, said the Vidyaranyapura police.

Ambika, 30, a resident of Vinayaka Layout, was house hunting around 1 pm, when two miscreants on a bike made away with her 25 gram gold chain, said the Vijayanagar police.

Padma, 60, a resident of Sannakki Bayalu was on her way to her brother’s house, when a miscreant walking beside her snatched her 140-gram gold chain.

Waiting in a bike

Before a passerby could chase him, he escaped with his associate waiting in a bike, said the Mahalakshmi Layout police.

Umadevi, 61, in Devappa Garden was in the middle of a chat with her neighbour when a person approached them on the pretext of asking for an address and snatched away her 25-gram gold chain, said the Sanjaynagar police.

Miscreants made away with a 48-gram gold chain from a woman on her way to a shop in Doctors’ Layout around 3 pm. Parappana Agrahara police registered a case filed by the woman who wished to be anonymous. Girijamma, 70, a resident of ‘D’ Block, Jayanagar was helping two persons with an address right in front of her house, when they made away with her 60-gram gold chain, said the police.

A senior police officer, said that, “A single group of people is suspected to be responsible for the chain snatchings across the city. They knew that women would be wearing valuables as part of the festival and positioned themselves in various parts of the city.
Despite several warnings given to women, they come out alone wearing gold ornaments. Cases have been registered in the jurisdictional police stations and the police are carrying out further investigation.”

“The police are looking into any CCTV footage that could help nab the miscreants,” he added.

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