Two motorcycle-borne men snatched a gold chain weighing six grams from a woman on Sunday night. The incident occurred near her home at Netajinagar in south Calcutta.
The duo, police said, were wearing masks and sped away before the woman could react.
Mira Basu, 62, a resident of 22 Baishnabghata Road, was returning home close to 10pm when the incident happened.
Baishnabghata Road ó a stretch between Netaji Subhas Bose Road and Naktala Lane ó is a congested settlement but gets deserted by late evening.
ďFrom the statement of the victim it appears that there was no one nearby at the time of the incident. The bike vanished into one of the bylanes,Ē said an officer of Netajinagar police station.
ďThe elderly woman was shocked when she felt a harsh tug at her throat and only saw a bike racing away. She could not give us its registration number,Ē said the officer.
A month ago, two women fell prey to snatchers in Jadavpur and Haridevpur on two consecutive days.
Kalpana Acharya, 67, was returning home from the grocerís when a youth snatched her gold chain in a lane near Ram Thakur Ashram and fled.
Seema Ghosh, in her 40s, was out on her morning walk around 6am when an earring was snatched off her right ear on Kailash Ghosh Street in Haridevpur. The snatcher who was riding a bicycle fled before Seema could raise the alarm.