A burqa-clad woman allegedly tried to rob a jewellery shop in Pimpri by threatening the employees at gun point on Wednesday morning. Employees of the shop managed to nab her and hand her over to police.
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However, police said the woman had used a toy gun, which children usually use as a firecracker on Diwali. According to police, the woman is the daughter of a retired police officer and a resident of upmarket Pimple Saudagar area.
While the woman was not arrested, a complaint was registered at the Pimpri police station and the incident is being investigated. The woman, who was wearing a burqa and posing as a customer, entered an outlet of Vardhaman jewellers at Karachi chowk on Wednesday morning, said police.
She allegedly said she wanted to buy a gold ring and a gold biscuit. When the shop employees started showing her various rings and biscuits, she whipped out a gun and pointed it at them, said police.
However, employees of the shop managed to nab her and informed police about the incident. The woman was detained by a team from the Pimpri police station. Police soon realised that the “weapon” recovered from her was a toy gun.
Initial investigation has revealed that the woman is suffering from a mental disorder. After learning about the incident, her family members handed over documents pertaining to her illness and treatment to police. “The family has given us a set of documents related to her medical treatment. Her family said she has been suffering from a mental disorder since a few years. We have not arrested her but we have lodged a complaint about a robbery attempt,” said Sub-Inspector Vitthal Bade.