"Trusting them, Minimol went with a woman in a two-wheeler."
Police have arrested an Indian couple after they posed as recruiters for a private television channel before stealing jewellery which belonged to an aspiring newsreader.
The incident happened in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Following their arrest, police revealed that one of the suspects used to work as a home guard for the police in 2012.
The victim Minimol explained that he lived in Guindy with her friends. A few days ago, she came across an advertisement for a newsreader job.
A police officer explained: “Minimol contacted the mobile number given in the advertisement and she was told that a woman would pick her up as the screen test is happening at a hotel in Thoraipakkam and she must wear jewels for the test.
“Trusting them, Minimol went with a woman in a two-wheeler.”
Upon arriving at the hotel, a man took them to a room and the victim was asked questions related to the job.
The couple asked Minimol to remove her jewellery and told her to go into the bathroom to apply makeup.
Whilst in the bathroom, the couple locked the door from the outside and fled with the jewellery.
The hotel manager entered the room with the spare keys after receiving complaints that the TV volume was too loud. He discovered Minimol inside the bathroom when he opened it.
She realised it was a scam and filed a police complaint at Thoraipakkam Police Station.
Police looked at the hotel CCTV footage and identified the couple as Raven Bistro and his wife Deepa. Their whereabouts were located and they were later arrested at a house in Palavakkam.
According to officers, Deepa used to work as a home guard in Thiruvanmiyur and Neelankarai police stations.
She had separated from her husband and married Raven Bistro, a manager of a popular restaurant chain.
While the Indian couple ran an agency which provided housemaids to clients, they decided to make easy money by running a scam in which they listed fake job adverts.
An officer said: “That’s how Minimol became a victim. Deepa herself picked up the victim from Thyagaraya Nagar and introduced herself as an assistant to Raven Bistro.
“The accused booked the hotel room in the victim’s name using her Aadhaar number to not get caught by police.
“They also kept the TV volume high so that the victim’s voice is not heard outside.”
Police recovered the stolen jewellery and the couple were remanded in custody on November 14, 2020.