Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In Kolkata, man buys tickets to enter airport & steal

Kolkata: His modus operandi was simple — buy the cheapest air ticket, pose as a regular flier, queue up at the busiest line inside the terminal and steal items from fellow passengers before changing the shirt and boarding a flight or cancelling the same to leave the terminal.

Sajid Hussain (45), a resident of Madhupur in Jharkhand, who was arrested from the Kolkata airport on Sunday for stealing a purse with earrings, a gold chain and Rs 3,500 in cash from a passenger heading to Kochi, had been stealing valuables from fliers at Kolkata and Patna airports for the past several months, police have come to know during investigation.

“He is a habitual offender. We have found CCTV footage where he is seen picking up a purse from the bag of a woman passenger on November 5. We have found evidence that he had also robbed fliers at Patna airport in a similar manner. We are questioning him further to find out if he has any associate. We also want to know if he had operated in any other airport,” said a senior officer of Bidhannagar Commissionerate.

On Sunday, Kochi-bound flier Beenu Jacob, who had queued up for web check-in before a kiosk near Gate 2, complained of a missing wallet at the airport manager’s office around 7.30am. The intelligence wing of Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) was immediately alerted who began scanning the CCTV cameras installed near the kiosk but didn’t find anything suspicious as the gadgets kept on rotating for a wider coverage.
20/11/18 Times of India