The accused cheated shopkeepers in Thane, Palghar, Mumbai, Nashik and Pune Credit: Representational image

A man named Manish Ambedkar has been arrested on Friday from Nalasopara in Maharashtra’s Palghar district for allegedly cheating several medical shops, general stores and jewelers.

While talking with a leading news daily Tukaram Tatlar, the spokesperson of Mira Bhayandar and Vasai-Virar police commissionerate, said that the accused used to order items from shops with a woman’s voice and say that she was calling from a hospital or a house located near the area.

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He would also ask the shopkeepers to send exchange for 2000 rupees notes. Upon the delivery man’s arrival he would trick them into giving him the money of small denominations; saying he has come on the lady’s behalf. Immediately after, he would flee from the scene to never return back later.

Many offences had been registered against the accused for cheating merchants and shopkeepers at different districts of Maharastra. During the probe, police got a tip-off and they laid a trap to arrest the accused.

According to the official, the police have seized Rs. 1.6 lakh cash during the raid.

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