A senior citizen was robbed of his gold valuables at knife-point after an unidentified man — pretending to be an employee of a gas agency — entered his Borivli house.
The police said, Sridhar Bhate, 64, was alone at his third-floor apartment at Eksar Road in Borivli (West) as his son and daughter-in-law were away.
“The man told the senior citizen that he had to fill out a form for a gas connection and entered the house. Once inside, he pulled out a knife from his bag and threatened Bhate. The man then tied his hands and legs with a rope and robbed him of his valuables,” said Narayan Khaire, senior inspector, Borivli police station.
The man escaped with Bhate’s gold chain and two gold rings collectively worth Rs40,000. The police suspect the accused may have conducted a recee of the surroundings before committing the offence. The police have retrieved CCTV footage from the society’s compound and are working to establish the identity of the accused.
This is the second such case in the western suburbs, where a man pretending to be from a gas agency entered a flat and robbed its occupants. The previous incident took place in Kandivli (East) on May 20. A man entered 57-year-old Swati Joshi’s flat pretending to check the gas meter reading. While leaving, he snatched her mangalsutra and fled.
When asked if a new group using the modus operandi is operating in the western suburbs, Khaire said the police will investigate the matter and study the patterns to ascertain the same.