Solve the ₹84,000 ‘thefts’ from a money transfer and mobile top-up shop in Daba in a matter of hours, police arrested one of the co-owners on Sunday for lying about being robbed at gunpoint after losing money in online bets.
The accused, Sambhav Jain, 25, from Preet Nagar of Shimlapuri, said he lost almost ₹80,000 in an online betting game, after which he cooked up the story.
Daba Station Officer Inspector Davinder Sharma said they focused on Jain as he continued to revise his statement. “Instead of calling the police, he walked to the station and also failed to inform his partner, Ramninder Pal Singh, of the theft, who was suspicious. When we grilled him, he confessed,”
In his complaint, Jain had claimed that on April 23, two masked men posing as customers entered the shop under the guise of recharging a mobile phone. When he asked them for their cell phone number, they showed their gun and asked him to hand over the money. He said there was no money in the store, but they opened the cash register and stole the money.
He had also falsely accused two customers captured by a CCTV camera as the defendants. A case under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 182 (providing false information) of the Indian Penal Code has been filed against the accused.