Man posing as cop tries to flee with Rs 20 lakh from courier, nabbed
Alert citizens and cops chased and nabbed a conman posing as a policeman who fled with a bag containing Rs 20 lakh from a courier company employee on Friday morning.
Police identified the suspect as Pramod Shivaji Bhoite (35), a resident of Rajale, Phaltan in Satara district. Kiran Gunyaba Bobade (27), a resident of Gurwar Peth, lodged a complaint at the Dattawadi police station.
Police said that Bobade works with New India Courier company that has an office in Shukrawar Peth. A cloth merchant from Phaltan deposited Rs 20 lakh in the local office of New India Courier company. Accordingly, Bobade was asked by the courier company to deliver cash to Mumbai. Bobade boarded a bus to Mumbai on Friday morning at Swargate.
The suspect, Bhoite, and his accomplice Dhananjay Ganpat Nimbalkar, also from Phaltan, were in the same bus.
As soon as the bus left Swargate, the duo told the bus conductor that they were cops and Bobade has stolen Rs 20 lakh. Bobade denied the allegations and said he was an employee of a courier company.
The suspects posing as policemen, however, got into a scuffle with Bobade and tried to snatch the bag.
Seeing the ruckus, the conductor stopped the bus and asked the three to step down. After they got down, the suspects snatched the bag from Bobade and fled.
Bobade shouted for help. An auto-rickshaw driver, Avinash Pramod Bhokre, of Sinhagad Road and Vilas Ramchandra Khatpe of Dandekar Bridge started chasing the suspects. Policemen patrolling the area saw the scene and jumped into action. Bhoite then jumped into a nullah near Neelayam theatre.
Cops and citizens followed and nabbed Bhoite. They recovered the bag containing cash that he had thrown into the nullah. Police have now launched a search for his accomplice Nimbalakar.
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