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Conman hypnotises staff, robs diamonds worth Rs80L

Monday, 13 April 2009 - 2:18am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Employee visits nearby hotel to show the ‘customer’ diamond sets, but gets cheated.

A customer, who introduced himself as the owner of a hotel in Bandra, decamped with diamonds worth Rs80 lakhs after hypnotising the employee of a jewellery store. Bandra police have registered a case of cheating against the conman, who is yet to be identified.
According to the police, on Saturday afternoon a customer visited the Seres jewellery showroom at Turner Road in Bandra (west). He introduced himself as the owner of the Royal China hotel, located a few shops away, and asked to see the diamond collection.

“When the showroom employee, identified as Katrina Sunil Purswami, 30, showed him diamond necklaces and bracelets, the man told her he wanted to gift the diamond sets to his friend who would be coming to his hotel at around 1.30 pm to have lunch with him,” said a police official of the Bandra police station.

“Purswami told us in her statement that the accused asked her to come to his restaurant with the ornaments. He said he would pay for them at the hotel itself,” said Prakash George, senior police inspector of the Bandra police station.

“When the employee went to the hotel, the accused acted like he was the owner. As Purswami was showing him the sets, he asked her to write the details of the sets for him. He then hypnotised her and decamped with the ornaments. Purswami was left confused and could not understand what was going on.” said George.

“The showroom is newly-opened. The owner thought he was getting big business, and so he allowed his saleswoman to visit the hotel with the diamond collection,” said the police official.

Purswami lodged a complaint at the Bandra police station when she realised she had been cheated.

“During investigations, we found a footage of the person from the CCTV at the hotel. The CCTV at the showroom was not working,” said George. The police are now searching for the alleged conman.

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