Berhampur, Oct 2 (LocalWire): Police arrested an imposter, who looted gold ornaments from the elderly while impersonating as police officers and CBI sleuths.
Sikandar Ali from Husssaini Colony under Gandhi Ganj police station in Karnataka’s Bidar district is part of a nine-member Iranian inter-state gang that operates in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. They extended their activities to Odisha’s Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Bhadrak, Jajpur, Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
He was arrested by patrolling police from Andhra Pasara Road under Goshaninuagaon police station limits here today early morning.
A handbag, a knife, some papers, some plastic bangles, coloured stones, rubber bands and ID card were seized from his possession, police said.
He along with other members of his gang were involved in at least seven looting cases in Berhampur from March 2018 to 15 September this year, said additional SP (Berhampur) Pravat Routray.
Efforts were on to arrest the others who belonged to other states.
The gang targeted aged people who were taken into confidence by advising them not to wear gold ornaments and by asking them to keep the ornaments in packets or in their pockets instead.
The accused, however, cunningly exchanged the ornaments by imitation jewellery, stone or broken glasses.
The gang’s latest victim was M Uma whom they looted on 15 September under Bada Bazar Police station area, police said.
They generally targeted the aged from cities which are close to the National Highway and preferred to commit the crimes on holidays, police observed.