Two homemakers lost gold chains to snatchers in north Calcutta on Monday night.
While such crimes in the past were committed by men on bikes, Monday night’s perpetrators were pedestrians. One of the alleged snatchers was caught by residents.
Last week, valuables were snatched from three women across the city within 24 hours.
Police said the first incident occurred around 8pm in front of Girish Park Metro station.
“Shakuntala Jaiswal, in her late 30s, was walking down CR Avenue towards the Metro station. Close to the station entrance, she felt a push from behind and a youth tore away her gold chain,” said an officer of Girish Park police station.
The Cossipore resident raised the alarm but the youth ran and disappeared into a lane.
An hour later, a 64-year-old woman was allegedly robbed by a duo. “Subhadra Gupta, a resident of Rani Branch Road in Chitpur, was walking down Belgachhia Road around 9pm. She was intercepted by two youths on a dark stretch near Ganguly Para Lane. One of the youths snatched her gold chain and the duo started running away,” said Pallab Kanti Ghosh, joint commissioner of police, crime.
Alerted by the woman’s cries, some men at a roadside tea stall chased the duo and caught hold of one of them.
“The youth who was caught has been identified as Mukta Mondal,” said an officer of Chitpur police station.
Five incidents of snatching on roads were reported to the police in the past week but the cops had failed to track down a single culprit.
“The credit of Mukta’s arrest goes to the local people who chased the duo,” said an officer of the detective department.