Two 10-year-olds have pulled the oldest con game on a 28-year-old management student, robbing him of Rs 53,000.
They told the victim, who was sitting in his car, that he had dropped five Rs 10 notes on the road.
As soon as the victim stepped out to collect the money, they made off with the booty kept on the dashboard.
The incident took place on February 7 near Kamghar market in Vikhroli (East).
At 6.30 pm, Rajan Gaikwad (28) and his sister Rashmi (22) withdrew Rs 53,000 from the Kannawar Nagar branch of the Punjab and Maharashtra Bank.
“Rashmi wanted to deposit the money with the HDFC bank for the initial downpayment towards a lottery system of availing a house in the Mhada housing scheme,” said Rajan.
“She then asked me to stop near a medical store near the market. I was waiting for her in the car when a boy, around 10 years old, tapped my arm and said that I had dropped money on the road.”
The police said the boys managed to convince Rajan to step out of the car and collect the five Rs 10 notes that were lying on the road.
While one boy distracted Rajan, his accomplice stole the money, which was kept in a purse on dashboard, the police added.
“Within seconds, the purse was stolen. When Rajan sat in his car, he found the purse missing. But by the time he realised what had happened the boys had fled,” said Assistant Police Inspector Vasant Patil.
The police added that the boys may have seen the brother-sister duo withdraw the money, followed them to the market and waited for an opportunity to steal the money.
A case of theft has been registered against the unidentified boys at the Vikhroli police station.
The police have also requested the bank to provide the closed-circuit television camera footage to confirm whether the complainant had withdrawn the money on the day of incident.