A Mumbra resident and his nephew had been conning elderly women in Thane for nearly a year. But they were caught by alert citizens on Wednesday who handed them over to the Naupada police.
Around 11 am on Wednesday, Snehalata Mokashi (75), a resident of Gokul Society in Thane (West), was on her way to pay the electricity bill when she was stopped by the two men.
“Raeez Jaffrey (55) and Ali Jaffrey (22) told her that they were Crime Branch officers. They asked her to remove her jewellery and hide it in a handkerchief as a crime had taken place nearby and someone might steal it. While they were doing this, BJP youth president, Thane, Sachin Kedare (35) saw them and raised an alarm,” said Inspector Hemant Sawant.
“My mother Subhadra Kedare (50) alerted me about the duo. When they heard my mother’s voice, they ran away. They were sitting on the motorcycle, when I caught the older of the two by the collar. He fell down but the other one escaped on the motorcycle. I ran after him and caught hold of him near Teen Hath Naka,” said Kedare.
The duo was beaten up by residents till the police arrived. A case of cheating and cheating by impersonation has been registered against the accused.
“They would usually target senior citizens in desolate areas. They would impersonate as policemen and act as if they were helping them and then loot them,” said Sawant.
“They have more than seven cases in Naupada itself and there is a possibility that there might be cases in other police stations as well. We are also investigating whether one more person was involved with them,” he added.