Rudolph David Gay, 22 and Ruth Phillis Gay 25, are not an ordinary brother-sister team. They're also partners in crime. The brother-sister duo has allegedly been involved in 27 cases of bag snatchings that took place between Bandra and Andheri since February.
But on Monday, their luck ran out and the duo found themselves behind bars after being arrested from Juhu.
"Ruth and Rudolph targeted people travelling in autorickshaws. Rudolph, riding a bike, would flick the victim's handbag with one hand, and pass it over to Ruth who would ride pillion with him," said DCP (zone 9) KMM Prasanna.
A team led by assistant police inspector Santosh Balekar from the Juhu police station caught the duo based on tip-offs received from several victims.
"In their complaints, all victims said that while a young boy was riding the bike, a girl with a tattoo on her leg was riding pillion," said Prasanna.
The police have recovered 15 handbags, 13 mobile phones, 10 chargers and three cameras from the accused. They were presented before the local court that remanded them in police custody till June 3, said Prasanna.
The police said that Ruth resides in Kandivli and has studied till class 7. Rudolph dropped out of school after class 4 and stays in Marol.
In their statements to the police, Ruth and Rudolph said that they had been employed at various call centers over the past few years.
Senior inspector of the Juhu police station, Arun Bhagt said, "The siblings claim that the last call centre they were working at shut down, rendering them jobless.
Following this, Ruth sustained burn injuries while baking a cake. She took a loan of Rs1 lakh from moneylenders for her treatment.
"When Ruth was unable to repay the loan, the moneylenders threatened her. She told Rudolph about the situation and the two resorted to bag-snatching to repay the amount," he added.
"The two did not seem to be open to the idea of taking money from their parents. We suspect their family ties are strained," he added.
The duo's father works as a manager at a resort in Khopoli, while their mother is a teacher at a school in Alibaug. The duo has a younger brother who stays with their mother.
Bhagt said they were skeptical of the version presented to them by Ruth and Rudolph and are interrogating them.