For almost nine months, she waited for a golden opportunity. And she grabbed it last Wednesday.
A 60-year-old woman identified only as Hatima and her 18-year-old granddaughter allegedly cheated a jewellery designer from Malabar-Hill of diamond and gold jewellery worth Rs 10 lakh.
Hatima, the police said, was a tenant in a Dongri building since a few months.
Hatima had called the jewellery designer from Nepeansea Road, Rachna Motani (51), to her home to “buy ornaments for her daughter’s wedding”.
The police said Hatima had met Motani around March at a jewellery exhibition organised at a five star hotel in Juhu.
“Hatima had posed as a prospective customer,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police Anil Nalawade. “Motani had given Hatima her business card.”
Since then, Hatima called up Motani occasionally. “Last Wednesday, she told Motani she wanted to buy jewellery. She said she was unwell and told Motani to come to her house with some jewellery,” said Nalawade.
On Saturday, Hatima told Motani to come home and gave her the address of her rented flat in Dongri.
Motani and her son, Rachit, reached Hatima’s home with Rs 10 lakh worth of gold, silver and diamond jewellery.
The accused told the victims to be seated in the bedroom . “Hatima said they wanted to try the jewellery and went into the hall with her granddaughter,” said Nalawade. “They latched the door from outside and fled with the jewellery. It was after some time that Motani and her son found that the bedroom door was locked from outside and realised they had been swindled.”
When the duo raised an alarm, people in the neighbourhood unlatched the door.
No arrests have been made so far.
Neighbours said the flat belongs to a Muscat-based man, Sajjad Haidar, who rents it out to families for three or four days.
The society’s chairman, Ifthikar Rakhani, said: “Haidar has never given us details of any of the tenants.”