Delhi: ‘Well-dressed’ woman in car strikes again near DU
The mysterious phone thief of Delhi University’s North Campus, a woman in her 20s moving around in a white Honda Brio, has struck again.delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2016 22:36 IST
The mysterious phone thief of Delhi University’s North Campus, a woman in her 20s moving around in a white Honda Brio, has struck again.
Her latest crime was reported on Thursday morning from northwest Delhi’s Maurice Nagar. Despite four police teams that were formed to trace her, the woman is yet to be identified or arrested.
The woman steals smartphones and tablets from unsuspecting pedestrians.She has become a headache for the police for the last two weeks.
“Around 10am near the Shri Ram College of Commerce, the woman stopped Arpita, an M.Phil student, on the pretext of asking for directions, borrowed her phone to make a call and fled with it,” said a senior police officer.
Police said that this time the woman was accompanied by a man. The man was driving the car and the woman was sitting next to him. Like the woman, he also seemed to be in his 20s.
A similar incident was reported on Tuesday evening when the woman fled with an art student’s phone in Patel Chest chowk.
Last week, the Mukherjee Nagar police reported three theft cases by the same woman within half-an-hour. Over the past few days, the woman has struck four times.
“Till now, four such cases have been reported at Maurice Nagar police station. Complainants have said that the woman wears branded clothes with matching accessories and speaks fluent English,” said the officer.
According to complainants -- all students -- she moves around the area in her car and identifies students walking with smart-phones, laptops or tablets. She then stops the car on the pretext of asking directions.
After she engages the student in a conversation, she tells him/ her that she has run out of battery and that she needs a phone to make a call to her friend waiting for her at a restaurant. She then drives off, with the phone. Nowadays a man is driving the car while she sits next to him, police said.
“I really believed she was in trouble and had lost her way. She looked educated and from an affluent background,” said Chetna, whose tablet was stolen on October 5.
“She took my phone, started the car and accelerated. I ran after her, but she was gone in no time.”
Chetna reported the theft to the police, who took a similar complaint from another woman a few minutes later. Her mobile phone was stolen.
“In Mukherjee Nagar police station, three cases were reported on October 5...a sophisticated woman who appears well-off stealing their gadgets. No one seems to remember her car registration number,” an officer said.
“She looks for easy targets. As she drives round Mukherjee Nagar and Maurice Nagar, which is a hub of coaching institutes and colleges, students are becoming her victims.”
Police are examining the CCTV footage of the areas where the incidents occurred, to get clues about the woman.
First Published: Oct 13, 2016 22:32 IST