A 29-year-old man, who duped a Thane family and decamped with cash and jewellery worth over Rs 2 lakh on the pretext of marrying their daughter has been arrested, police said on Thursday.
PSI SB Tagad of Thane Nagar Police Station said the cheat Sampat Darade, hailing from Nevasa of Ahmednagar district would trap victims through matrimonial sites and develop closeness with them.
Elaborating on his modus operandi, police said that the accused would go to the extent of participating in making arrangements for marriage and at the fag end would flee with cash and valuables given to him ceremonially prior to the wedding.
In a similar fashion, he also spotted his victim from Thane who was a divorcee and told her that he was also a man separated from his wife. Trusting him, family of the girl made all arrangements for the marriage and fixed the date as September 23.
On the eve of the marriage, when Darade did not turn up for a function at a hall here, they smelled something fishy and suspected that he had fled with ornaments and cash worth Rs 2.50 lakh. The family members of the girl then lodged a complaint with Thane Nagar Police Station who swung into action and traced the cheat to Kalwa and placed him under arrest. He has been charged under sections 420 and 494 of the IPC, police said.
Police suspect that the cheat resorted to such acts for getting easy money as he was in huge debt.