Int’l gang steals money from store
Times of India, 05 December 2020
Kolkata: A three-member foreigner gang, one of them a woman, posed as Belgians and duped a branded apparel store in Phoolbagan of cash after engaging the cashier in a conversation about Bengal and India. Cops have been unable to trace the identity of the trio from CCTV footage since they all had their head covered with a cap or scarf and had large masks on their face. The detective department said a similar theft had occurred at another apparel store in a mall on Prince Anwar Shah Road but did not share any details.
The theft at the departmental store in Phoolbagan occurred during the closing time around 8.30pm on Thursday when footfall is low and the cash box has maximum money.
According to the police, the three accused — all of them middle age with a foreign accent — entered the store, but not all at once. Store manager Subhadeep Seal was counting the cash when two foreigners — a man and a woman — entered. Though Seal told them that transaction had been closed for the day, the duo walked straight to the display area and hurried back with a child’s dress. Both had large masks on their face with only the eyes visible. The man wore a golf hat while the woman had a dupatta around hesr head.
“The woman brought a child’s dress and said she wanted to purchase it for a two-year-old. But since the dress that she chose was meant for a year-old, store staff Saraswati escorted her to pick up the right size. Meanwhile, the man walked up to me and began a conversation. He spoke about the greatness of Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi and kept moving around the cash counter,” said Seal. The accused claimed that they were carrying US dollars and had no idea of Indian currency. As Seal showed 31 notes of Rs 2,000, one of the them took it. As Seal asked for the cash, he claimed to have returned it. They left the store with the money by creating a confusion.