Andhra Pradesh

Con man arrested with gold chains worth ₹6 lakh

Prakasam SP B. Satyayesubabu displaying the ornaments recovered from a con man, in Ongole .

Prakasam SP B. Satyayesubabu displaying the ornaments recovered from a con man, in Ongole .  

Accused used to sell ornaments within two days of stealing them

The Prakasam police have recovered gold chains worth ₹6 lakh from a 30-year-old man arrested for robbing elderly women of chains by asking them to pose for photographs without them.

Targeted women

Bengaluru-based K. Jeevaratnam, alias Jeeva R.K., of Varikondapadu in Nellore district, targeted women applying for the old age pension and insisted that applicants’ photographs without jewellery were required for the purpose, Superintendent of Police B. Satyayesubabu told reporters here on Sunday.

While women handed him their ornaments, he asked them to bring their Aadhar cards and in the meantime fled. Within two days of stealing ornaments he used to sell them. He got the idea of using this modus operandi after his grandmother was asked to remove her ornaments while getting a photograph taken for the pension.

Jeevaratnam had visited several towns in Prakasam, Anantapur, Kadapa, Chittor and Nellore districts and cheated 21 women - five in Prakasam district, seven in Nellore district, four in Anantapur district, three in Chittoor district and two in Kadapa district.

He was arrested near Pamur by the Kandukur police on Saturday.

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