A youth who used a debit card he found lying at an ATM counter to buy clothes and a perfume worth Rs 20,000 from a retail outlet at Gariahat was arrested on Wednesday.
The owner of the card, Arobindo Mishra, had left it behind after withdrawing money from an ATM on Sunday. Mishra, who works in automobile manufacturing company’s outlet near Southern Avenue, received a text alert from the bank when the card was swiped at Pantaloons, Gariahat, on Monday evening. He lodged a complaint with Gariahat police station the next morning.
Police went to the store on Tuesday evening and checked the transaction details, which revealed that the buyer had used a membership card to avail himself of discount. The membership card details helped the police track the culprit, Bipon Dutta.
The 23-year-old, who works with the infrastructure department of a multinational IT company at Sector V, had used Mishra’s debit card to buy a pair of jeans, a shirt, a perfume and a salwar-kameez for a friend.
“The techie had gone to the ATM counter on Sunday when he found the card lying inside. He picked it up. He went to the store on Monday and used the debit card to pay a bill of Rs 20,000,” said a police officer.
“After using the debit card, Dutta used his own membership card of the retail chain. This card helped us track Dutta,” the officer said. Once the membership card was swiped at the store, all details about the owner of the membership card, including his address, were recorded on the computer.
Cops arrived at Dutta’s home in Raicharan Ghosh Lane, Picnic Garden, on Wednesday and arrested him.
“Dutta was booked under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) and 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy),” said Debabrata Das, the deputy commissioner of police (south-east).