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Phone call snares thief

Calcutta, Dec. 21: A passer-by’s alert to a friend 2km away led to the arrest of a snatcher who had robbed a lady morning walker and tried to escape in a bus, according to a staff reporter.

Kerala resident C. Suvalaxmi, 35, who had come to a relative’s house at Mahamayatala in Garia, was out on a stroll around 7.30am when Israfil Sheikh, 23, snatched her gold chain and hopped onto a bus.

A witness called up a friend who runs a shop in Kamalgazi 2km away and described the snatcher. The shop owner and some residents stopped the bus and caught the youth.