Fake police gang that robs elderly women back in Bengaluru

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BENGALURU: Two women from Basaveshwaranagar and Girinagar were recently robbed by a gang, members of which posed as policemen. After a break of more than four months, as the real cops were behind them, the gang is back in the city.

They target only elderly women wearing gold jewelry who are roaming around alone. The gang introduces themselves as policemen, and instill fear by saying that moments ago, some robbers had targeted elderly women in the area. They then convince the women to put their gold in their bag on the pretext of helping them and make away with the jewelry.

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The two women who were recently robbed, Jayamma, 66, from Basaveshwaranagar, lost her gold chain and `1,000 in cash. Jayamma was on her way to attend a function when a person on a bike stopped her and said that on an adjacent road, a gang had robbed gold jewelry from a woman. He asked her to take off her gold and put it in her bag, after which he stole it and fled. Jayamma told the police that she thought he was a real cop.

In another incident, Anusuya,74, a resident of Girinagar, was returning home after offering prayers at Karya siddhi Anjaneyaswamy temple at around 11.40 am. A man, claiming to be a policeman, told her that an aged woman was robbed nearby, and asked her to keep her gold chain in her bag. He took the bag from her saying he would carry it for her to her home and escaped on a bike. She lost a gold chain weighing 40 grams. The miscreant was aged between 35-40 years according to Anusuya, and in both incidents, the men wore plain clothes.

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Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), K Annamalai, said, “We are holding awareness sessions. Gangs keep rotating between Bengaluru and neighboring states. We have arrested many such gangs in the past, after which they leave the city for some time.”

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