Delhi: Man who duped 300 hotels arrested

John, who hails from Tamil Nadu, was arrested from Hotel Crowne Plaza in Okhla.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published:November 30, 2016 5:26 am

A 59-year-old conman, Vincent John, has been arrested by Delhi Police for staying at high-end hotels “over 300 times” without paying.

John, who hails from Tamil Nadu, was arrested from Hotel Crowne Plaza in Okhla.

Police said he has been arrested over 50 times in the past.

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Police said John would order expensive liquor, cigarettes, etc from his room and leave before the scheduled check-out date.

DCP, southwest, Surender Kumar said, “He came under the scanner when he stayed at Radisson Hotel in Dwarka. He fled with expensive liquor and without paying a bill of Rs 4,80,000. He stole laptops, liquor and cigarettes from hotels and sold these things later. He has been doing this since 1996.”

Kumar said John was released from a Kerala jail on October 14, after which he went to Hyderabad and then came to Delhi.

A police officer said John used to work as a tour guide, and started his sting cheating hotels after a dispute with a hotel owner in Puducherry.

“John used to take customers to a four-star hotel when he worked as a guide. After a dispute, he gave up the job and decided to cheat five-star hotels. He has visited most states and stayed in many hotels over the years,” a police officer said.