Hyderabad: 39-year-old chain snatcher held in LB Nagar

Hyderabad: As chain snatching incidents increase in the city, LB Nagar police on Monday nabbed a chain snatcher and seizing a gold chain worth 3.5 tolas.

The accused was identified as 39-year-old Mohammed Ashwaq, a resident of Jahanuma in Falaknuma. He is said to be a former realtor. The incident occurred on January 13 at Shiva Ganga colony in LB Nagar, when Ashwaq snatched a chain from a woman.

Based on a complaint, the police had booked a case and after examining the CCTV cameras identified the man. He was tracked down and arrested by the police.

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In two similar incident on January 4, the offenders snatched gold chains from passers-by at KPHB and Jedimetla. In both instances, the offenders were captured on CCTV. Two teams have been deployed by the police to investigate the cases. At 8:30 PM on Tuesday on KPHB road no 2, an offender struck a woman at her apartment and escaped with a 3-gram gold chain.

In a separate incident in Jedimetla, around 9:50 pm a woman who was walking back home after work was attacked by an offender travelling on a bike, who attacked from the front and escaped with a gold chain of 2 tolas. According to a report by the New Indian Express, the police stated that the offender was wearing a mask at the time of the incident, he was not wearing a helmet.

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