New Delhi: A 24-year-old man was arrested on Friday for ordering grocery from a local shop in the name of others, and then make off with the items including the change money.
The man was previously involved in snatching and robbery two years ago.
He recently began to pose as a resident of different south Delhi neighbourhoods. The alleged has been identified as Vikash Kumar who used to place orders over phone at local grocery stores and collect the items from the delivery agent, claiming to be the customer’s person, and then run away with the items including the change money.
Kumar was doing this for two years until Friday, when one of the residents complained to police, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East), RP Meena.
DCP Meena said, “It so happened that a grocery store owner received a call on Tuesday from Kumar who posed as a resident of Lajpat Nagar’s D Block. He ordered ghee and a face wash and asked the store owner to send the delivery agent with ₹1,700 as change for a ₹2,000 note,” was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
When the delivery agent arrived outside the residence, Kumar came to him and said that he was the driver of the house’s owner and he has been asked to collect the delivered items.
“Kumar collected the two items worth ₹300 and also the ₹1,700 change from the delivery agent and left saying he would return with the ₹2,000 note, but he never did,” Meena said.
Afterwards, when the shopkeeper got to know that no order was placed by the owner of the house, he immediately informed the police control room.
The DCP said that it was rare when any victims of Kumar came forward and sought help from police. “Kumar would place orders for products worth less than ₹1,000. He got away with it as hardly anyone would approach the police for that small a loss,” Meena said.
This time, police registered a cheating case and checked the CCTV footage and call record details. Later, he was caught from his home in Dakshinpuri.