Inspired by stories of chain snatching published in newspapers, 21-year-old Imran Ansari thought the trade was the easiest way to make quick money.
According to SPI Abdul Rauf Shaikh, Imran was a class XII dropout and a resident of Sai Siddhi Apartments at Malwani, who watched television shows to learn the modus operandi of chain snatchers. He realised that a motorbike was a necessity for the trade, and began stealing to raise money to buy a bike.
Bad Influence: Imran Ansari (circled) was inspired by newspaper
reports and television serials, from which he learnt the art of chain snatching
On October 19, Imran succeeded in snatching a chain in Malwani area. However, the victim gave chase and nabbed Imran. He was later handed over to the Malwani police.
According to the cops, they have solved three cases in which Imran was involved, and have recovered the booty.
Imran has been charged under Section 379 (Punishment for theft) of the IPC and has been remanded to police custody.
One more nabbed
Asha Manjaderkar, who was on her way home to Sanpada after work, had reached Baadshah cold drink house at Crawford Market, when suddenly, two people on a bike snatched her mangalsutra. However, two traffic cops who were close by heard Asha screaming and immediately started pursuing the snatchers on their patrolling bikes.
"B S Sonawane and M Gawde, managed to arrest one of the snatchers, Mohammad Shaikh. A manhunt has been launched for his accomplice Nazir,
who managed to escape
with valuables worth
Rs 95,000," said a police officer from L T Marg police station.