Mumbai: A 35-year-old woman allegedly caught a conman at Bandra ATM in Mumbai on Wednesday. The victim named Rehana Shaikh laid a trap to catch the 36-year-old conman who robbed money from her after tactfully getting her bank account details. Ever since the incident occurred, Rehana Shaikh had been visiting the ATM for more than two weeks.
The accused identified as Bhupendra Mishra already has seven cases registered against his name in police stations across the city, said the police.
On December 18, Shaikh took a train to her office situated at Pali Hill, which is a residential area at the suburb of Bandra in Mumbai. At an ATM near the Bandra station, the woman had allegedly gone to withdraw money. When the ATM was unable to process the transaction due to a technical glitch, the accused who was waiting outside the door offered to help her withdraw money, said an officer from Bandra police station.
Unable to withdraw the money, the woman left the place. However, by then the accused had got all the debit card details of the woman. With the help of those details, the accused withdrew Rs 10,000 from her account. Immediately, Shaikh, who was at her office, received a message that a sum of Rs 10,000 has been withdrawn from her bank account.
A report by a leading daily quoted the police officer as saying, “She (Shaikh) kept going to the same ATM for around 17 days and waited for the man to cross the area, either near the ATM or the station. Whenever she used to go to the station, she would wait outside the ATM to catch him.”
Shaikh, a resident of Wadala resident, could not trace the accused when she reached the station, said the officer. However, on January 4, Shaikh noticed the same man outside the same ATM at 11:30 PM. She immediately called the police after catching the man. After checking the accused police found that he was earlier arrested by the Crime Branch in January 2018 for cheating people at ATMs.