Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: In a span of 90 minutes, conmen struck at three places in south Bangalore on Monday morning and relieved three elderly women of their gold ornaments, together worth Rs. 1.75 lakh.

The police said the same gang was involved in the three cases as all the victims have informed them that one of the two men was wearing a grey shirt and black trousers.

Around 10 a.m. two men, riding on a motorcycle, came to Pattamma’s house at G.M. Colony in 9th Block, Jayanagar.

The two Hindi speaking men rendered Pattamma (70) unconscious after touching her face. Pattamma, who was alone at home, regained consciousness a few minutes later and found that the duo had made away with her gold chain, a ring and a pair of ear studs.

On a complaint by Pattamma, the Tilaknagar police have registered a case.

The police said that 30 minutes later the two men came to Manavalan’s play home on 2nd Cross, Channammanakere Achukattu in 3rd Stage, Banashankari. They told Manavalan that they were planning to set up a jewellery shop and the priest at the neighbouring Srikanteshwara temple had advised them to distribute sweets to children and also seek blessings from elderly people.

The duo requested the elderly man to touch some currency notes with gold ornaments and bless them. An unsuspecting Manavalan made his wife and daughter remove their gold ornaments and gave it to the duo.

The two pretended to touch the gold ornaments with some currency notes they were carrying in a hand bag and made away with the jewellery worth Rs. 75,000, the police said.

Around 11.20 a.m. the two came to the house of Aditya, who runs an advertising agency from his house in Lakshmananagar in 3rd Stage, Banashankari. They told Aditya that they wanted to issue advertisements about their new jewellery shop.

While the duo was talking to Aditya, his mother Kasturi Shetty came to the office. The two fell at her feet and sought her blessing for their new venture.

In the same manner as they had cheated Manavalan’s wife, the duo made away with Kasturi’s gold ornaments worth Rs. 65,000.

Robbed

A gang of 15 men, armed with clubs, struck at a construction site in Varthur police station limits in the early hours of Monday and looted Rs. 45,000 cash and two mobile phones from labourers’ sheds.

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