The police claim to have busted a gang of three female shoplifters who were involved in a string of thefts at garment stores in the city.During the past week the women struck at three stores and managed to flee with about 35 dresses. However, in their third shoplifting attempt they were caught red handed in the act due to the alertness of a shopkeeper.
On Monday evening it was business as usual at the Sector 19 market when the three women walked into Noordeep Creation ostensibly to check out some dresses. They were not visiting the shop for the first time – they had come there just a few days back when they were able to lift at least 30 dresses in a well-planned operation. However,they were caught in the act on the CCTV camera installed at the shop. At that time the shopkeeper, AS Bedi, failed to notice the missing dresses but a day later, while scanning the CCTV footage, he was shocked to see the women whisking them away after fooling the salesman.
Bedi then asked his salesmen to keep a close watch and wait for the women to turn up again at the shop. “On Monday when the three women came to my shop I alerted the salesmen and called up the cops immediately. In the meantime they had lifted three dresses. As soon as the police arrived the women were nabbed.”
The women were later identified as Anjali, 19, Attro, 41, and her sister Jyoti, 40, all residents of a slum area in Mangolpuri in Delhi. The police have filed a case of theft against the three. Sector 19 SHO Poonam Dilawari said, “A police team has gone to Delhi along with the three women to recover more stolen items.”
Sources in the police said no sooner had the three women been arrested that lawyers descended from Delhi to get them bailed out.They added that the cops were interrogating the women to obtain the names of their accomplices.
Meanwhile, the police are also trying to ascertain whether the same gang was involved in an incident in which clothes were stolen from a Sector 9 garment store last week.Five unidentified people entered the shop had managed to flee after lifting five dresses from the shop.The theft was confirmed after the police scanned footage from the CCTV camera installed at the shop.