The Santacruz police on Friday registered a case of theft against an employee and his associate, who fled with a blank cheque, forged his employer’s signatures and swindled Rs8 lakh from his account.
The incident came to light when the complainant, Virendra Shah, 40, found out that the amount has been withdrawn from his account. Shah runs a business in partnership with one Prashant Sonawane, at Santacruz (W), said the police.
The accused M Jerry Stone, 25, and his associate, Apam Shimre, stole a cheque between November 1 and 15, police said. Stone allegedly forged Shah’s and Sonawane’s signatures and filled in the amount of Rs8 lakh before depositing the cheque in a Bandra-based bank. They later transferred the money to Shimre’s account in a Manipur-based bank.
“The duo has withdrawn the money from the bank and are currently on the run. We have sent a team to Manipur to track them down,” said an officer from Santacruz police station.