In was an interesting turn of events when a Mumbai-based woman stood up to a thief and proved that it wasn’t easy stealing from her!
Last month, 35-year-old Rehana Shaikh was cheated and robbed by a conman near a Bandra ATM. Although she lodged a complaint with the police, her sense of justice was not satisfied. She went ahead to catch the culprit red-handed.
She spent over two weeks in carefully laying a trap, after which, on Wednesday, as reported by Hindustan Times, she got the opportunity.
“On December 18, the woman alighted from the train to go to her office at Pali Hill. She then went to the ATM adjoining the Bandra station and tried to withdraw money. She was unable to do so owing to some technical glitch. The ATM was not dispensing money,” an officer from Bandra police station told the publication.
The report stated that the man was standing outside the ATM, allegedly waiting to steal from her. On seeing Rehana struggling to withdraw money, he offered to help.
Although she could not eventually withdraw anything, this gave him the chance to get all the necessary details of Rehana’s card. It was only later when she went back to her office, she was shocked to see a message on her phone stating that Rs 10,000 had been withdrawn from her account.
As per the police, when the complainant informed them, it was found that the accused, Bhupendra Mishra, is indeed a habitual offender, who has been involved in seven such cases that were registered against him, in several police stations across Mumbai.
But, when the police could not trace him at the ATM, she decided to look on her own.
“She 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,” the officer told the HT.
Then, her day finally arrived on January 4, when she spotted the man outside the same ATM, at 11:30 pm. Not wasting another moment, she went ahead, caught him and called the police.
After the arrest and further investigations, it was found that Mishra not only had prior cases of theft, but had also been arrested by the crime branch in January 2018 for conning people in the same manner.
Now here’s a lesson that he won’t forget.
Way to go, girl!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)