The Malad police are on the lookout for a conman who allegedly robbed two imitation jewellery stores in Malad of raw material,such as beeds,worth lakhs of rupees. Despite the police laying a trap for more than four hours to nab him on Wednesday evening,the suspect managed to evade arrest.
The police said they had received two complaints about a conman and his accomplice cheating jewellery shops and decamping with raw material to the tune of Rs 5 lakh in each case. On Wednesday,the accused had allegedly planned to commit another robbery,but did not go through it as he became aware of police presence.
While the police have not divulged the name of the suspect,an alleged accomplice identified as Rajkumar alias Bablu Deniwal (25) has been arrested.
On Tuesday,the owner of Global Bits shop,Kushal Kantilal Daga (45),approached the police saying he had received a call placing an order for raw material worth Rs 5 lakh and that similar orders had been placed in previous robberies in the area.
The police said that in March the suspect had allegedly called up the owner of Shivam store and placed an order for raw material worth Rs 5 lakh. He allegedly told the shop owner that he would be sending his employee with the cash to collect the material. A man identified as Bablu soon reached the shop and claimed that he had not been able to go to his employer’s office to collect the payment to be made to the shop,said the police. The accused then allegedly called up the shop owner and asked him to send the raw material with Bablu to his shop in Zaveri Bazaar and to send someone along to pick up the payment.
When Jiten Shah,an employee at Shivam store,reached Zaveri Bazaar with Bablu,the latter told Shah that he had to go to a nearby godown to keep the material there before giving the payment. When Shah disagreed,Bablu called up the accused who allegedly reached the spot and convinced Shah to leave the material and follow him for the payment.
On reaching a building,the accused told Shah that he had to go to the bathroom. He entered the bathroom and failed to come out. Shah later saw that the accused had fled using one of three exit points from the bathroom.
Inspector Rajaram Prabhu said another complainant had also narrated a similar incident.
We had learnt that the accused had made a call again to a shop called Priya,placing the same order. We kept a watch on the area four hours. However,the suspect did not turn up, said Prabhu.