Accused would allegedly befriend them, steal their valuables

A 28-year-old Delhi University graduate has been arrested for allegedly befriending young women by sending them text messages and then stealing their valuables.

A young woman lodged a complaint with the police on May 6 saying that a man had stolen her laptop, two mobile phones and a purse containing cash. The victim told the police that the man, who identified himself as Arnav, sent her a text message saying he wanted to be friends with her. Though the woman refused, she agreed to speak to him once over phone after he pleaded with her. He then continued to call her and send her text messages requesting for a meeting. After much persuasion, the girl finally asked Arnav to pick her up from the New Delhi railway station when she returns from her hometown. Arnav met her at the railway station this past week and the two then went to a shopping mall in Saket in his car. On reaching the shopping mall, Arnav asked the girl to find out which movies were being shown at the theatre and himself stayed back in the car. He then dropped her at a metro station asking her to leave the luggage at home and return for a dinner and a movie together. On reaching her house, the girl found her laptop, two mobile phones and a purse missing from her bag. When she tried to contact Arnav, she found that all his text messages, call details and contact numbers in her mobile were deleted.

She lodged a complaint at the Mehrauli police station and the police searched for him on various social networking sites armed with the details provided by her. He was eventually arrested and identified as Jaffar Hussain, a resident of Jamia Nagar.

Jaffar purportedly told the police that he stole the belongings of the girl when she went inside the shopping mall to enquire about the movies and also deleted all his text messages.

He also put a stone in the bag of the victim so that she could not immediately know about the theft.

Jaffar left his job in January and is pursuing MBA through correspondence.

Jaffar purportedly told the police that he had duped several girls but none of his victims ever lodged a complaint.

  • Stole a laptop, two mobiles from the victim
  • Put a stone in the bag to avoid detection