Shakeel Khan, 39, will think twice before asking anybody for help.
On December 7, the Kurla resident lost around Rs 6,000 when a man offered to help him carry out a transaction at a State Bank of India ATM at LBS Marg.
However, Khan, a tailor by profession, managed to track down the man with the help of the CCTV footage. The accused has been identified as Toufiq Lalmiya Siddiqui, 25.
Inspector V Tambe, VB Nagar police station, said: “Siddiqui has conned four victims in the past one month and stolen Rs 66,000 from them.”
Tambe said the accused would target people who were not well versed with operating an ATM.
Explaining the modus operandi, Tambe said: “Khan was at the SBI ATM, but he didn’t know how to withdraw money. Siddiqui offered to help him, but kept a close eye on the ATM password. Before leaving, Siddiqui asked him to swipe his debit card once again.
“As soon as Khan left, Siddiqui punched in the code and withdrew Rs 6,000. He had conned three more people in a similar manner and stolen Rs 66,000.” On realising that he had been duped, Khan decided to catch Siddiqui. “I was sure that Siddiqui would return to the area. So, I spent the next day looking for him. Finally, I spotted him and caught him with the help of the bank staff. We later handed him over to the VB Nagar police,” said Khan.
Tambe said, “We arrested Siddiqui on December 9 and have his custody till December 15. So far his involvement in four cases has come to the fore. We are investigating if he was involved in any other incident or if anyone else was involved in the crime.”
Despite repeated attempts, officials from the State Bank of India weren’t available for comment.
Meanwhile, two months after two unidentified men fled with Rs 19 lakh from a security van outside an ATM in Mahim, the police are still on the lookout for the accused.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Mahim Division) A Pathan said:
“Initially there was suspicion that it may be an inside job. We had arrested the driver Akhilesh Yadav and security guard Mushtaq Ahmed and had also questioned their colleagues Surendra Jadhav and Pintu Yadav, who were inside the ATM to deposit cash. However so far we have not come across anything incriminating. The sketch that we prepared has not been of any help either.”
An officer from Crime Branch V that is conducting parallel investigations in the case said: “None of the people we have questioned are able to able to give us any valuable leads.”