A 22-year-old woman who had been committing thefts since she was 14 years old was arrested on Wednesday. The woman was known to the railway policemen and commuters, because of which she wore a veil to shield her identity.
The woman, Yasmin Badshah Shaikh, is a resident of Kurla (East). Shaikh is married and has two children. According to the police her husband is also a thief.
The Kurla railway policewomen arrested Shaikh on Tuesday from platform number 4 while she was trying to flee after snatching a chain. After a chase of a few metres, the policewomen managed to catch her.
The police said they found a purse and a gold chain hidden in her clothes, which she had stolen on Tuesday.
The police said Shaikh was arrested by the Antop Hill police in 2004 for theft.
The police said she used to go to random houses and after knocking at the door she would ask for water.
As soon as the owner went inside the kitchen to fetch a glass of water, she would steal whatever she could grab from the living room and flee, the police added.
Shivaji Dhumal, senior police inspector of Kurla railway police, said she would also board crowded local trains and steal cash and valuables.
“She also stole from pedestrians. However, she switched to trains because police patrolling on city roads has increased,” said an officer from Kurla railway police, on condition of anonymity.
The police suspect that with the arrest of Shaikh, several chain snatching and theft cases will be solved.
Shaikh has been remanded in police custody.