Woman’s ‘friend’ held for stealing jewellery
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)