Chain-snatcher held with tea ven­dor’s help

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: A tip-off from a tea ven­dor helped the railway po­lice (GRP) nab a chain-snatcher who al­leged tar­geted com­muters on the Har­bour line and on trains be­tween Mum­bai and Konkan. With the ar­rest of Sind­hudurg res­i­dent, Umesh Kam­ble (25), the Pan­vel GRP has solved five of­fences and re­cov­ered gold jew­ellery worth Rs 3 lakh.

Kam­ble used to scout for tar­gets, board the train with them and snatch their jew­ellery just as the train would start mov­ing and es­cape.

“We checked the CCTV footage at var­i­ous sta­tions and iden­ti­fied Kam­ble. His pictures were then shown to fre­quent com­muters and ven­dors, one of whom iden­ti­fied Kam­ble,” said aGRP of­fi­cial.

On Oc­to­ber 9, the GRP laid a trap at Pan­vel sta­tion on spe­cific in­for­ma­tion that he was to board the Ne­tra­vati Ex­press. He was taken into cus­tody and later pro­duced be­fore a court.

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