Two criminals pulled off the perfect con job by winning over the confidence of a 35-year-old Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation school teacher and duping her of gold jewellery on Sunday.
The two, posing as healers, went to Deepali Rupwateo’s house and made way with gold jewellery worth Rs 80,000, the Vikhroli police said.
Senior police inspector S Gaikwad from Vikhroli police station said, “The unidentified accused managed to win the confidence of Rupwate by accurately telling her some of the problems her family was facing in the past week. Stunned by these revelations, the victim trusted the duo who then robbed gold jewellery from her residence and fled.”
An officer from Vikhroli, talking on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to talk to the media, said: “The incident took place around 12.30pm on Sunday, when the accused knocked on Rupwate’s residence near Kannamwar Nagar in Vikhroli (East) asking for money.
Rupwate did not allow the accused to enter the house initially.
Before she could shut the door, the duo told her she was facing problems and went on to narrate the exact nature of the problems.
The duo was successful in gaining Rupwate’s trust and she allowed them into her house when they promised to solve the problems with a ritual.
In her complaint Rupwate said, “ The accused performed some prayers and after a few minutes they asked me to keep my ornaments on a piece of paper.”
She added: “After chanting some mantras, the duo left my house around 1.15pm. They told me to open the wrapper containing the valuables a few hours later.”
Gaikwad added, “ We suspect the victim had been hypnotised. It was only when the victim got suspicious and checked the jewellery that she realised it was missing.” The police said no arrests have been made so far.