Three women in Borivali,Charkop and Malad were robbed of gold ornaments by men impersonating policemen on Tuesday.
The incidents took place metres away from the police nakabandi. As the incidents occurred between 9 am and 9.30 am on Tuesday and the modus operandi was similar,the police suspect the same persons are involved.
The first incident took place at Borivali east when Anita Satish Doshi,70,was walking on Carter Road around 9 am on Tuesday. Kasturba Marg police said Doshi,a resident of Yogi Darshan at Makwana Nagar,was approached by two persons who claimed they were police men. They pointed at a team of police officers posted at a nakabandi for the festival season.
The two said that they were not in uniform to warn the pedestrians of chain-snatchers. They asked her to remove her chain worth Rs around 1.20 lakh with pendant worth Rs 30,000 and put it in a handkerchief, said API Raorane from Kasturba Marg police station. The fake two handed over the handkerchief to her and ran away. When Doshi opened the handkerchief she found her ornaments missing. She lodged a police complaint. A few minutes later,Indira Shah,67,a resident of Malad west,became a victim of chain-snatching. Shah was walking towards the nursing lane near Malad Link Road when two men on a motorcycle approached her. Telling her about a nakabandi going on nearby,the two asked Shah to keep her valuables in a handkerchief. The two men claimed they were police officers. However,when she checked her handkerchief at a distance,the valuables were missing , said an officer from Malad police station.
Around 9.30 am,Kanti Surendra Valucha,68,was looted of her gold mangalsutra,ring and bangle,worth around Rs 2 lakh.
Valucha,a resident of Sector One in Gorai at Borivali west,was walking towards the Charkop Market to buy milk from a dairy when two men approached her.
The two told her that they were policemen. In this case too,they showed her a police team at a distance who were posted at a nakabandi and informed her that they were asked by their colleagues who were in uniform to take care of her gold ornaments and put them in a handkerchief, said ,senior inspector Vasant Devarkar of Charkop police station.
The two fled with the jewellery after which she filed a police complaint. The police are trying to get CCTV footage from the areas to find out whether the same culprits are behind the three incidents.