Mumbai ‘tour guide’ held after he drugs UK man’s coffee, flees with cash
Mumbai city news: The Tardeo police have arrested 27-year-old Ayaz Shaikh, who police say has several similar cases registered against him in police stations across the countrymumbai Updated: Jun 26, 2017 12:32 IST
A 22-year-old UK national was robbed near Haji Ali after a fake tour guide laced his coffee with a sedative causing him to fall unconscious, the police said. The Tardeo police have arrested 27-year-old Ayaz Shaikh, who police say has several similar cases registered in police stations across the country. In this case, Shaikh , after fleeing with the victim’s bag containing cash amounting to Rs30,000 and valuables, went to several stores in the city and bought clothes, police said. He was caught from Delhi.
According to the police, on June 15, Joseph Walker met Shaikh near Colaba. Shaikh, a school dropout, but fluent in English, befriended Walker and said he will show him different temples in the city. Walker then went to the nearest ATM machine to withdraw cash, but while he was entering his four-digit pin number, Shaikh noted it, police said.
An officer from Tardeo police station said, “Shaikh and Walker then went to the nearest coffee shop, where Shaikh offered to buy him a coffee and somehow managed to lace it with a sedative.”
According to the police, the UK national lost his consciousness after drinking the coffee, following which the accused fled with his bag. “The coffee shop staffers initially thought he was sleeping as he had just put his head on the table, but as he did not get up for over an hour, they tried waking him up and later admitted him in the nearby Jaslok hospital,” added an officer.
The hospital authorities informed the local police about the incident following which the case was registered.
The police got a breakthrough after they managed to get the picture of the accused from a Bandra store where the accused bought clothes. The police team then circulated the picture of the accused to their informers, following which they got his phone number. On the basis of his mobile phone location, a team was then dispatched to Delhi where they arrested him.
According to the police, Shaikh has been trickng foreign nationals with the same modus operandi for the past eight years.
Shaikh has several cases of cheating registered against him at Tardeo, Worli, Colaba police stations along with police station in Delhi and Rajasthan.
First Published: Jun 24, 2017 10:30 IST