Bike-borne thieves snatched gold chains, necklaces and mangalsutras collectively worth Rs 7 lakh.
The incidents were reported from Katraj, Wakad, Vishrantwadi, Nigadi, Chinchwad and Chandan Nagar between 2 and 7 pm on Sunday.
In the first case, two men on a motorcycle snatched a gold chain and necklace worth Rs 1.6 lakh from 27-year-old Shalan Shinde, a resident of Tathawade. The incident took place at 2 pm in Wakad.
At Nigadi, a gold chain worth Rs. 1.87 lakh was stolen from Shamal Umbarje. In the third incident, Akurdi resident Lily Scaria (48), was relieved of her gold chain worth Rs 36,000 after being targetted by two bike-borne men at 2.15 pm.
The fourth incident occurred a few hours later at Chinchwad. Two men on a bike snatched a gold chain worth Rs 30,000 from Sindatiri Pilaminraj while she was walking on the road.
In the fifth reported incident, two persons on a bike snatched a mangalsutra and gold necklace worth Rs. 1.07 lakh from Laxmi Kadam at 3.30 pm in Vishrantwadi.
An hour after the Vishrantwadi incident, a chain was snatched at 4.30 pm in Chandan Nagar. Two men on a bike snatched a mangalsutra worth Rs 60,000 from Kharadi resident Meena More. Late in the evening, bike borne thieves snatched a necklace and mangalsutra worth Rs 1.75 lakh from NeetaMohite at Katraj.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rajendra Bhamare said that they have intensified patrolling at places that have witnissed a surge in chain snatching incidents. “We have started tracing the whereabouts of on-record criminals, who have been previously arrested in chain snatching cases and are out on bail,” said Bhamare.