Dimapur Police Warns Public Of Cash Snatching Gangs - Eastern Mirror
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Dimapur, Nagaland

Dimapur police warns public of cash snatching gangs

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By EMN Updated: May 10, 2024 9:31 pm

DIMAPUR — The Dimapur Police Commissionerate has issued a public advisory regarding the increasing number of cash snatching incidents reported across various police stations in and around Dimapur district and neighbouring states.

Investigations have revealed a concerning pattern involving organised gangs targeting individuals withdrawing money from banks, stated a press release from the Dy. Commissioner of Police (Crime) and PRO.

The release stated that the modus operandi of these gangs typically involves surveillance within banks, where members pose as customers and identify potential victims, often focusing on lone, elderly, or vulnerable customers making large withdrawals.

“Selected target is shadowed and information passed on to gang members deployed outside the Bank,” it said.

Once the target leaves the bank, the gang members outside the bank employ distraction techniques such as spraying colours or chemicals to cause irritation or deliberately dropping items to divert attention. While the victim is distracted, another gang member swiftly snatches the cash or belongings and flee the scene, it said.

According to the police, initial investigations indicate that these are inter-state gangs primarily based in neighbouring districts of Assam. Dimapur Police are actively analysing CCTV footage and have released images of suspects to the media, seeking public assistance in identifying and apprehending those involved, it said.

Any information on the identity, other details of suspects may be shared with the Dimapur Police in the interest of investigation, it said.

Urging the public to remain vigilant and exercise caution during financial transactions, especially when carrying large sums of cash, the police advised the public to be aware of their surroundings, avoid distractions, and report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.

The Dimapur Police Control Room can be reached at 7085055050.

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By EMN Updated: May 10, 2024 9:31:22 pm
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