Investigations revealed that he was involved in around 36 cases, the police said
In a major detection by the property cell of the Mumbai crime branch, a 55-year-old man who allegedly targeted senior citizens was by posing as a police official was arrested from Ambivali area in Thane, the police said on Sunday.
According to the police, the accused had been allegedly involved in multiple chain snatching incidents in different areas of the state.
The officials had been investigating a case that was registered Meghwadi police station, Jogeshwari East in March this year. In the matter, a 64-year-old complaint had filed a complaint and a case under sections 420, 419 and 34 had been registered by the police. Following the arrest of the accused who has been identified as Kabuli Zafri, an alleged member of the infamous 'Irani Gang' a 100 per cent recovery of the stolen property was also made by the officials of the property cell, the police said.
An official said, "Investigations so far have revealed that he was involved in around 36 cases. The incidents he has been allegedly involved in took place in cities including Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Raigad, Nashik, Surat and Gujarat."
He added, "With his arrest, the police have detected nine chain snatching cases. He used to pose as a police and target senior citizens. After his arrest, he was produced before a court that has remanded him in police custody till Wednesday."