A police constable and a youth nabbed a chain-snatcher following a chase soon after he snatched a gold chain from a 25-year-old woman who was waiting at the bus stop near Panchami Hotel on the Pune-Satara Road along with her mother on Monday night.
The chain snatcher, Suresh Baliram Dayalu (24), is a resident of Upper Indira Nagar in Bibvewadi and has been involved in 12 crimes in the past. His accomplice, Santosh Jadhav, fled from the spot and has also been booked on robbery charges in the case.
The victim, Sarika Rupesh Chougule, a resident of Erandwane, lodged a complaint at Dattawadi police station. Police said that Sarika and her mother were waiting for a bus at around 11 pm on Monday, when the miscreants arrived at the spot on a two-wheeler.
The duo came close to Sarika pretending to talk on the cell phone. All of a sudden, they snatched the gold chain that she was wearing. Sarika and her mother screamed for help. Police constable Mujib Mohammed Shaikh of Dattawadi police station, who was returning home after finishing his duty, saw them shouting and gave a chase to the chain snatchers.
With the help of a youth named Vishnu Nathu Mujumle of Kondhanpur, Shaikh managed to nab Dayalu along with the gold chain and the two-wheeler. Jadhav managed to flee and cops have launched a hunt for him.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner of police (zone II), Sudhakar Pathare, announced a reward of Rs 3,000 for Shaikh and also felicitated Mujumle for helping the cops in nabbing a chain-snatcher.