A five-member gang was arrested by the Thane crime branch on Monday evening for duping people by trying to sell them duplicate gold biscuits. One pure gold biscuit worth Rs2.2 lakh and Rs10,000 in cash was seized.
The five accused, Anupkumar Singh, 42, Ajith Mourya, 28, Mumtaz Khan, 21, Sameer Sheikh, 28, and Patanlal Mourya, 20, were arrested after a trap was laid near Kalwa Naka bus stop by crime branch officials, led by senior police inspector Chandrakant Joshi, following a tip-off.
"The accused would initially show the client pure gold biscuit claiming they have more such biscuits.
The price would vary between Rs1.5 lakh and Rs2.5 lakh per biscuit.
On the day of the transaction, they would get the duplicate biscuits," said Milind Bharambe, additional commissioner of police, crime.
"Some of the accused, disguised as crime branch officials, would then land up at the transaction venue. They would catch the other accused, confiscate the biscuits and cash and let the clients escape. People are relieved that they escaped arrest instead of realising they have been cheated," Bharambe added.
Singh and Ajith have a case of cheating registered against them at Mahim and Wagle Estate respectively.
The accused have been remanded in police custody till July 1.