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They posed as reporters, stole laptop

Two former employees of an advertising company were arrested for allegedly impersonating media persons and stealing a laptop from a press conference.

mumbai Updated: Jan 01, 2010 01:15 IST
HT Correspondent

Two former employees of an advertising company were arrested for allegedly impersonating media persons and stealing a laptop from a press conference.

Mukesh Kothari (50) and Dhiren Chedda (37), along with an accomplice, entered press conferences conducted at posh hotels as media persons and took advantage of the crowd to commit thefts.

According to the Sahar police, the three were caught on a CCTV at Hyatt Regency where they had gone to ‘attend’ a press conference.

Police have arrested the two and are conducting enquiries to trace the identity and whereabouts of their third associate.

Senior Police Inspector Dilip Patil said the accused had attended a press conference conducted by a private television channel at the hotel on Tuesday evening.

At the conference, a representative of the media, Uma Setumadhavan (23) had come with her laptop. After the conference ended at 10:30 pm, she found her laptop missing.

“After frantically searching for the laptop when it could not be found, a complaint was registered with the Sahar police,” said Patil.

During inquiries, when the police learnt that the conference room had CCTV cameras, they decided to access the footage to trace the person who might have stolen the laptop.

“While seeing the footage, we noticed three men putting a laptop in a bag and leaving. When we showed the footage to the complainant, she claimed to not know any of them. We circulated this information to our informers and acting on information received, arrested the two men from Goregaon on Wednesday,” said Patil. The laptop was recovered from Kothari.

“We know that the three have conducted robberies in other five-star hotels as well but we are now trying to find out if there have been cases against them in our area or across the city,” added Patil.