'Job agent' befriends man, makes away with valuables worth Rs 45K

Wanted in two similar cases, conman asks victim to lend his mobile, laptop, ring as he wanted to impress girlfriend

The Deccan Police are on the lookout for a 28-year-old man who befriended people promised jobs and made away with their valuables after winning their trust. According to the police, Aakash Arya alias Rohan Mehta promises 'lucrative' jobs to people before befriending them. And once he earned their trust, the conman requests his victims to lend him their valuables for a few days before vanishing.

The cops identified the man after the latest victim, Vinayak Tatyasaheb Lugde (26) from Satara, lodged a complaint saying the accused made away with his laptop, Blackberry and ring worth Rs 45,000. In his complaint Lugde said, Mehta developed a rapport with Lugde and promised to help him get a high paying job at Aundh in Pune City. He also visited the victim's home in Satara and developed a good rapport with is family as well.

According to Sub Inspector S S Salunkhe, Mehta called Lugde to the Aromas restaurant on Fergusson College Road around 7 pm on December 18 last year.

Unpleasant surprise
"He said he wanted to treat his girlfriend on her birthday and asked if Lugde could lend him his Blackberry, laptop and ring to impress her. Lugde also agreed to get the cake for the surprise treat and handed over the valuables to Mehta. But when Lugde returned with the surprise gift after sometime, he discovered he himself was in for a surprise: Mehta had escaped with his valuables," she said.

Suspect identified
Salunkhe added that they had received two similar complaints in which the accused used the same modus operandi. "The victim also positively identified a photograph of Mehta which we had in our records," she added.

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