Now, 85-yr-old woman loses jewellery to lift-offering gang

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: May 15, 2016 11:44 IST
85-year-old victim Kamlawati Jain. (Sant Arora/HT Photo)

Putting police claims of checking crime to shame, yet another senior citizen fell prey to a gang offering lift and stealing the victim’s jewellery.

Dear seniors, beware of the affable good Samaritans

In the latest case, an 85-year-old resident of Sector 7 lost her gold bangles and chain near the Sector-8 post office on Saturday morning.

The incident took place around 9:30 am when the victim, Kamlawati Jain, a resident of Sector 7, visited the post office with her son, Sudhir Jain.

While they were waiting on a bench, a woman approached Kamlawati and engaged her in a light-hearted conversation. As Sudhir went inside the post office to get his work done, the woman informed Kamlawati that her acquaintance wanted to meet her.

When she went along with her, she found a woman and a man, sitting in the driver’s seat, in the car. Engaging her in banter, the women asked her to adjust in the back seat, and sat on her either side.

The man drove the car around for a few minutes and dropped her off on the other side of the market. As she started to walk back to the post office, Kamlawati was shocked to realise that her gold chain, two gold bangles and a gold kada were missing. She informed her son who sounded the police.

“The whole trip was of around five minutes. The victim did not come to know her jewellery was being removed,” said ASI Baldev Singh, in-charge of Sector 7 police post, adding that a case for cheating and theft had been registered.

Panchkula deputy commissioner of police Anil Kumar Dhawan claimed that they had identified the accused and raids were on to nab them.

On May 3, the police had arrested two women allegedly involved in a similar incident where a woman was duped of her jewellery after being offered a lift in the car. The duo is in judicial custody in Ambala jail.

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