Man arrested for stealing debit cards from senior citizens, women in Pune: Police

Police said the accused was targeting “confused and tense elderly citizens and women” visiting the various ATM centres.

Pune City Police have arrested a 25-year-old man and recovered 18 debit cards he allegedly stole from senior citizens and women. Police were acting on a complaint filed by a woman last week, who lost her debit card to the conman, Shravan Minjagi (25), who then used it to buy jewellery and withdraw cash.

According to police, the woman had visited an ATM in Wanwadi on June 7 to withdraw money for paying her child’s school fees. Minjagi, who was standing nearby, saw the PIN. When she received a phone call and got distracted, he allegedly swapped her debit card and replaced it with a duplicate card. Minjagi allegedly used the debit card to buy gold from two jewellers in the city. He also withdrew Rs 30,000, said police.

Police went through footage from 40 CCTV cameras and got some leads. Minjagi was arrested on June 23 and police recovered 18 debit credit cards from him, including the one belonging to the complainant.

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The probe revealed that the accused had cheated about 24 persons in a similar manner. Police recovered gold worth Rs 1.02 lakh and Rs 2.45 lakh in cash from him. With Manjagi’s arrest, police have so far solved five crimes of ATM card thefts.

Police said the accused was targeting “confused and tense elderly citizens and women” visiting the various ATM centres. Manjagi used to wait at the ATM centres, looking for targets. He would then steal their debit cards and PIN by playing various tricks, and later used these cards for personal gains.

Initial investigation has revealed that the accused has committed similar offences in the past. He has been booked in about 11 cases of cheating at different locations in Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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