Five residents of North Campus area have fallen prey to an unusual con — all of them were left stumped when they lent their mobile phones to a woman in a car, who asked for their help, and then sped away with the phones.
All five incidents took place within a span of three days, said police. While two such incidents have been reported from Mukherjee Nagar, two others happened in Maurice Nagar while the fifth incident was reported from Model Town. In all five cases, police said the woman — who was driving a Honda Brio — asked them if she could borrow their phone as she needed to make an urgent call.
In one such case, reported Friday afternoon from Vijay Nagar, the woman allegedly stole the phone of a college student. “The woman stopped near the student and asked if she could borrow her phone to make an urgent call. She also claimed that her phone had no balance. As soon as the student gave her the phone, she sped away. The woman then made a PCR call and filed a complaint,” said an officer.
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The officer added that four more incidents following the same modus operandi were reported in the past three days. On Wednesday, the woman snatched the tablet of a girl who was returning home from tuitions. A similar incident was reported from Model Town where a youth’s phone was stolen. Police said in the Maurice Nagar case, the woman was driving a Swift and accompanied by an young man. They allegedly targeted two students within a span of two hours in the same locality.
Police said they have registered cases of theft. “There is a possibility that more than one woman could be involved. However, from the description given by the complainants, the accused woman in every case seems to be the same. We have also started creating awareness about such cases in the area,” said an officer who is working on the case.