Mumbai: Man posing as movers-packers firm staffer walks off with woman's TV set, arrested for cheating

The man was held from Dombivali in neighbouring Thane district, while his three associates are on the run.

Aishwarya IyerUpdated: Monday, January 16, 2023, 10:11 PM IST
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Mumbai: A 26-year-old was arrested on Sunday for allegedly duping a woman to the tune of Rs2,500, and stealing a television after claiming to be a staff from a movers and packers company.

The incident happened in December when the victim was moving her house from Bhoiwada to the Worli area in South Mumbai.

A group of four people had come to her residence claiming to be movers and packers and initiated the packing process.

“The victim did not get suspicious of them as they were doing a good job of packing all the items at her house. However, after some time they took her television set and one of the four left her residence and did not return. Slowly, the remaining excused themselves and left too, which is when she realized she was duped,” said a police official.

The victim called up the company she had contacted to ask if they had sent anyone for the job. The company informed her they had not sent anybody yet.

The victim later realised a total of Rs2,500 cash was missing from her table. She approached the police and lodged a case against unknown persons.

The police subsequently initiated an investigation during which they got a tip that one of the four suspects was in the Dombivali area of Thane district, confirmed Senior Police Inspector Jitendra Pawar.

While one suspect has been arrested, three are still absconding, said the police, adding that a manhunt to nab them is underway. The arrested suspect is identified as Santosh Krishnakumar Mishra, 26, a resident of Dombivli.

A case has been registered under sections 420 (cheating), 406 (breach of trust) and 32 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code.

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