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Pickpockets shop with stolen cards

Miscreants steal 5 ATM cards from woman at Ambience mall, buy iPad, Rado watch, branded clothes; take out Rs 94,000 cash.
Hindustan Times | By Leena Dhankhar, Gurgaon
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2012 12:50 AM IST

A West Bengal-based woman, who lost five ATM cards while shopping with her daughter and husband at the Ambience Mall recently, has discovered that unidentified persons used her cards and shopped for Rs 2.88 lakh.

The miscreants bought an iPad, expensive wrist watches and branded clothing from the same mall.

They also withdrew Rs 94,000. All this happened in a matter of two hours before the family managed to get the ATM cards blocked by the respective banks.

Deepa Khandelwal had arrived in New Delhi from West Bengal on February 26 to pick up her daughter-in-law, who was coming from Japan. The flight was scheduled for 9pm at the IGI Airport.

As there was time for the plane to land, Khandelwal's family visited Ambience Mall around 5:30 pm.

Around 7pm, as Prakash Khandelwal was about to pay the bill at a shop, he realised his wallet had been pickpocketed. Prakash’s wallet carried five credit cards, which were on Deepa's name.

Within two hours, the family got to know that purchases worth Rs 2.88 lakh had been made with the stolen cards.

The miscreants also withdrew R94,000 despite the card having no details of ATM or the credit card PIN.

When Prakash checked the details of transactions, he found that an iPad was purchased around 6pm from Apple showroom at Ambience Mall.

The accused also bought a Rado watch from Kapoor Watch Company and branded clothes from Life Style store.

The cards of Axis Bank and ICICI were used and the shopping was done at Ambience Mall and DT Mall.

“This is completely shocking. How can a person withdraw money without knowing the PIN and how can shopkeepers allow people to make purchases on somebody else's card? They should check the signatures and picture on the card,” said Deepa Khandelwal.

Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (crime), said, “We have sought the CCTV footage from the mall management.”

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