The Matunga police, investigating the case of an alleged car thief who stole an Indica belonging to a family that paid for his bail, learnt that 34-year-old Rahul Patil stole cars and showed them off as his own.
He did this to cheat girls who had put up advertisements on matrimonial forums. After stealing the Indica, Patil unsuccessfully tried to cheat another girl.
An officer from Matunga police station said, "While tracking down Patil, we checked the records of the mobile phone left behind in the car. The first call he made after the theft was to a Matunga-based family. We tracked down the number and called them for questioning."
"When the family told us they did not know him, we suspected they were lying, as call records indicated that in addition to calls made to them from Patil's mobile, there were also calls made to Patil from the family's number," the officer added.
After interrogation, the family finally told the police that the day the calls were made, they were in contact with a person who had responded to a matrimonial advertisement for their daughter.
The police checked the number and realised it was Patil who had responded to the advertisement.
"We found he would call numbers given in matrimonial advertisements and go there with a stolen car. He would pose as a rich person, sweet-talk the girl, promise marriage, and then attempt to steal her gold jewellery," said the officer.