Alert citizens nabbed a juvenile chain-snatcher after he and his two accomplices were trying to flee after attempting to rob a chain from a middle-aged woman’s neck on Saturday night.
The minor was caught and handed over to the police, after which he squealed on his friends during questioning. Cops later picked up the two accused from their house and booked them under sections of the IPC. All three suspects are school dropouts and police said that this was their first offence.
The incident took place near Deccan Gymkhana PYC ground when Madhuri Aniruddha Karlekar (53), was returning home at 9.30 pm. She was walking towards her residence when the trio approached her on their bike. They stopped a little ahead of Karlekar, and two of them started walking towards her.
They then tried to snatch her gold chain, but Karlekar raised an alarm after which the accused developed cold feet and began fleeing from the spot. Bystanders who were alerted by Karlekar’s shrieks gave chase and managed to nab the minor.
“During the minor’s interrogation, we procured the address of his accomplices. When we reached their homes, they were having dinner. They had left the bikes used to commit the offence only a kilometre away from the incident spot.
From the circumstantial evidence, it seems like it was their first attempt at chain snatching,” said Mahesh Nimbalkar, police constable. The two suspects arrested were identified as Rajesh Dattaray Thorat (19), and Vishal Kishor Nagarkar (24), both residents of Sadashiv Peth.
The juvenile suspect was transferred to the remand home after police took him into custody. Police inspector Manohar Joshi, Assistant Police Inspector Satish Jagdale, police constables Nimbalkar, Rajkumar Patil, Vivek Jadhav and N Salunke arrested the suspects.