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Mumbai man poses as cable operator, steals laptop worth ₹1.49 lakh from 71-year-old

The man checked the woman’s WiFi and internet connection so as not to arouse suspicion, said police

mumbai Updated: May 04, 2017 13:10 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
The woman was alone at home at the time of the incident.
The woman was alone at home at the time of the incident.(Photo for representation)

An unidentified 35-year-old man recently posed as a cable operator to gain entry to the Andheri home of a 71-year-old woman, who he then stole a laptop worth Rs1.49 lakh from, said police.

Police said the woman lives on Dadabhai Cross Road in Tep village. She was alone at home at the time of the incident as her son was at work. She told police a man posing as a cable operator knocked on her door at 1.30 pm.

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He entered the house and checked the woman’s WiFi and internet connection. He also went into her son’s bedroom for a while, said police.

When the man left, the woman realised that her son’s laptop was missing. She initially thought that he had taken it to work, but when he returned, the two realised that the man had stolen it.

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They tried to confirm the identity of the accused with their internet service provider, who said he was not employed with their firm. On realising that they had been duped, the woman and her son went to the local police, who registered a case under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code.

The police are in the process of examining CCTV camera footage for clues.