Woman’s ‘friend’ held for steal­ing jew­ellery

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

VASHI: The Nerul po­lice have ar­rested a 29-year-old man for al­legedly loot­ing a mar­ried woman of her gold jew­ellery. The po­lice have man­aged to re­cover a part of the loot, said the po­lice.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Mo­hammed Asif Shaikh, a Kharghar res­i­dent, had be­friended the woman on What­sApp and would chat reg­u­larly with her.

“The ac­cused told the woman that he had some­thing im­por­tant to speak to her in per­son and called her at a place. When the woman met him, he threat­ened to in­form her hus­band about their chats and took her to a nearby lodge,” said deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I) Sha­haji Umap.

“He then told the woman that his friend was com­ing to meet him at the lodge and asked her to re­move her man­gal­su­tra as his friend could mis­un­der­stand the sit­u­a­tion. He took her gold man­gal­su­tra and gold locket and asked her to wait in the lodge un­til he re­turned,” said Umap.

“When he failed to re­turn, she re­alised she was cheated and re­turned home but did not tell her hus­band about the in­ci­dent un­til he re­peat­edly kept in­quir­ing about gold jew­ellery,” said Umap.

The duo then reg­is­tered a com­plaint at the Nerul po­lice sta­tion fol­low­ing which the po­lice swung into ac­tion.

“The Nerul po­lice called the ac­cused on his con­tact num­ber, but the mo­bile phone was switched off. They then tracked the IMEI num­ber of the mo­bile phone from the old SIM card to find out the SIM card num­ber cur­rently ac­tive on it. As soon as they got th­ese de­tails, they ar­rested him,” said Umap.

Res­i­dents, es­pe­cially women, need to be care­ful while making friends on so­cial mes­sag­ing ser­vices. We ap­peal to all not to blindly trust any­one, as the con­se­quences can be dan­ger­ous.

SHA­HAJI UMAP, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (zone I)

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