PG wins landlady's trust, loots Rs 11 lakh

Call centre employee had fled to Kolkata and had switched off her cell phone, but cops traced her from the address submitted in the police verification form

Crime never pays, and 37-year-old call centre employee Purnima Ghosh learnt this lesson the hard way. Ghosh has been arrested from her Kolkata residence on charges of stealing ornaments and cash worth Rs 11 lakh from her landlady.

Purnima Ghosh bonded with her landlady, who was a Bengali like
her, and won her trust before robbing her

Ghosh, who was staying as a paying guest at Surbhi Society at Jankalyan Nagar, allegedly decamped with the booty and fled to Kolkata. She even switched off her cellphone to evade arrest, but like every other criminal she made one mistake that led to her arrest.

Ghosh forgot that she had submitted details of her native address to her landlady Pushpa Roy, on the mandatory police verification form.

For the past five months, Ghosh, an employee of 3G, had been staying with Roy (78) as a paying guest. A colleague of Ghosh, who was a former PG of Roy, had introduced her to the landlady. Being Bengalis, both the ladies bonded instantly.

However, Roy had no idea about Ghosh's dark intentions. Roy treated Ghosh as a family member and the latter was aware of most of the family's secrets. She knew that Roy kept the locker keys under her pillow.

On October 10, when Roy was asleep, Ghosh took the keys from under the pillow and cleaned out the locker. She then placed the keys back under the pillow and took off with the booty to Kolkata.

Unaware of the theft, Roy was shocked to find her valuables missing when she opened the locker the next day. When she went looking for Ghosh, she found her missing. Roy then approached the Malwani police and lodged a complaint.

According to Abdul Rauf Shaikh, senior police inspector of Malwani police station, "Acting on Roy's compliant, we began the probe. During investigation, the victim informed us that Ghosh was like a family member and knew everything about the house, including the location of the locker keys.

Roy also informed us that after the loot, Ghosh had gone missing. When we tried calling Ghosh on her cell phone, it was switched off. This strengthened our suspicion about her involvement in the crime."

After securing her Kolkata address via the police verification form, a team of Malwani police reached Kolkata and arrested Ghosh from her residence in Dum Dum.

"So far, we have recovered Rs 8.3 lakh from her house and are investigating her involvement in similar crimes. Besides, Ghosh isn't cooperating during interrogation and has an accent that is making it difficult for us to understand her," added Shaikh.

Ghosh was presented at a local court and has been remanded in police custody for the next three days.

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