Balasore: A 35-year-old youth who in the garb of a noble man used to rob people especially gullible women by giving them lift on his bike has been arrested by the Industrial police on Monday.
The conman, Ananata Panda, had robbed a woman named Madhabilata Swain (55) on April 27 who had lodged complaint with the police.
According to reports, Madhabilata was awaiting public transport in late evening to reach her home when the man offered to give her a lift introducing him as a friend of her son. Without a second thought she sat on the bike.
On the way Ananta created panic in the woman telling her that several groups of chain snatchers were active on the route and requested her to hand over her valuables including cash and two sets of mobile phones.
The accused later brought the bike to an abrupt halt and vanished leaving Madhabilata to fend for herself. Ananta Panda had perpetrated a series of crimes by resorting to the same trick.
Rs. 4 lakh cash besides 200 grams of gold jewelleries worth Rs 6 lakh have been impounded from him. The accused Ananta Panda who confessed to the crime was later remanded to judicial custody.