Chain snatchers are back with a vengeance and this time, they have targeted two women – one in VV Puram and the other in Saraswathipuram. Interestingly, both the incidents occurred on Thursday, July 14, at 14th Cross of two areas and the bike number ending with ‘143’.The first incident occurred at 8:55 am when 48-year-old Kamalamma went to a nearby shop to fetch onions. Kamalamma is the wife of Rangaswamy, a retired employee of Indian Railways. They resided in Gokulam Third Stage, 14th Cross.
As Kamalamma approached the grocery shop, two youths in Black Bajaj Pulsar bike drove near her and asked for the address of Reddy Complex. They spoke in fluent Kannada and were well built in the age group of 25 to 30 years.
Kamalamma told them that there was no Reddy Complex in the vicinity and turned to one side of the road when the youth sitting pillion snatched her gold chain that weighed 50 grams. A shocked Kamalamma somehow managed to catch hold of the chain and the criminals escaped with 30 grams.
The youths fled the spot in a flash and Kamalamma, with half of her gold chain in her hand screamed for help in vain.
The next target was 75-year-old Masanamma, wife of late Basavanagowda and a resident of T K Layout near Saraswathipuram. She was walking towards her house after having breakfast at a relative’s place as her children had gone out of station.
Masanamma turned towards 14th Cross near the Kamakshi Hospital when the youth approached her asking for an address. When she replied in the negative and turned towards her left, the pillion rider snatched her chain that weighed 76 grams. The criminals managed to snatch only 35 grams leaving the rest of the ornament in the victim’s hands.
The police have obtained the CCTV footage of the incident that occurred at Saraswathipuram and have spotted the Black Pulsar bike. They have identified the last numbers as “143”. The police suspect a pattern as both the areas were on 14th Cross and the vehicle numbers had 14 and also the incident occurred on July 14.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) Rudramuni, ACP Umesh Shet, City Crime Branch ACP Gopal, Inspectors K C Poovaiah, Ravi and Prakash visited the spot.