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Woman held for cheating jewellers

mumbai Updated: Jul 31, 2010 01:00 IST
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A 52 year old woman who was trying to exchange gold plated jewellery claiming it to be made up of pure gold at a Bandra based jewellery shop was caught by the alert employees on Thursday.

This was the second time when Meenakshi Vasudev Panchwani, a resident of Saibaba Nagar in Borivli, tried to cheat the jewellery shop. Panchwani’s husband is a businessman.

The Bandra police are looking out for her 17 year old accomplice who had accompanied her. On April 15, Panchwani along with a youth went to KG Popley and Sons jewellery shop at Waterfield Road, Bandra (West) minutes before the showroom closed for the day.

Dressed in expensive clothes and ornaments, Panchwani handed over 22 carat gold ornaments to the salesperson and said she wanted to exchange the jewellery, the police said.

“As she was well dressed, the salesperson did not suspect a foul play and without checking the ornaments gave her pure gold jewellery worth Rs 55,100 and she paid additional amount of Rs 3,500 for new ornaments,” said Assistant Police Inspector Anil Badgujar.

However, the next day, when the employees checked the ornaments, they realised that they had been duped and the ornaments given by Panchwani were either 10 carat gold or gold plated. The address that she had provided too turned out to be bogus.

On Thursday when Panchwani visited the jewellery shop again, using the same modus operandi, the salesperson grew suspicious and checked the CCTV footage captured on April 15.

“He then informed the police and we arrested her,” added Badgujar. The police are now trying to probe if she has committed similar offence in the past and are trying to get information about her accomplice.