Pune: The Crime Branch of the city police and officials of the Pimpri Chinchwad police station are in search of the police imposter who has till now cheated four city-based jewellers by buying ornaments from them using fake cheques.
The imposter posed as a police officer to win trust at the jewellery shop before buying the ornaments. The city police have lodged five cases against the imposter till now including one for stealing a cheque book of Bank of Maharashtra from a person named Purshottam Jadhav on June 3. The cheque book had 20 leaflets.
On June 11, a fraudster pretending to be a police officer attached to Hinjewadi police station purchased ornaments worth Rs 94,000 from Samarth Jewellers in Kasarsai area near Hinjewadi.
The fraudster, saying he was Purshottam Jadhav, submitted two post-dated cheques which were later rejected by the bank. A case of cheating is lodged at Hinjewadi police station.
Later, on June 20, the imposter cheated Sarthak Jewellers in Dighi. The fraudster said he works in Alandi police station and bought ornaments worth Rs 45,260 by giving a fake cheque.
In another case, on July 7, a person claiming to be a police officer bought ornaments worth Rs 19,400 from Laxmi Jewellers in Nehru Nagar and paid via a stolen cheque of Bank of Maharashtra.
A similar case is lodged at MIDC police station after a person named Nilesh Sonar (30), who works at Ratnaprabha Jewellers in Shahunagar area, was cheated of Rs 20,500.
The fraudster, posing as a police officer, purchased ornaments by cheque which could not be cleared by the bank. The police suspect the involvement of the same person in all the cases.