Pune: Pimpri-Chinchwad police have unravelled an intricate modus operandi of a woman — who lost her job in the pandemic — to honey-trap men and women through dating apps and rob them of cash, jewellery. The woman, identified as 27-year-old Sayli Kale of Sadhu Vaswani Road, was detained last week after a Chennai-based education career guide lodged a formal complaint on being duped. It had reported how Ashish Kumar, the Chennai resident, was robbed of valuables after he had a drink offered by Kale at a hotel in Wakad. She was formally arrested by crime branch (unit 4) on Tuesday, said Krishna Prakash, police commissioner (CP) of Pimpri-Chinchwad police commissionerate.
The police, in a prolonged interrogation, found how Kale trapped at least 16 people. After cops appealed to people to share their ordeal, four more lodged complaints. The accused woman robbed men and women through dating apps. But, no woman has approached the police to file a complaint yet.
Prakash added, “Our crime branch team had created different profiles on Bumble and Tinder dating apps. At first, the accused woman did not accept a friend request, but when the police team created fake profiles in the name of women, she accepted the requests. After that, the woman was called to meet for a date, and the cops lost no time in arresting her. The woman earlier used to work in a telecom company. After the lockdown, she did not have a job. In the last one year, she robbed 16 men in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad through dating apps. The police have seized a total amount of Rs 15,25,000 in cash from the accused, besides 289 grams of gold and cell phones.” Police sub-inspector Ambarish Deshmukh has investigated the case under the guidance of senior police inspector (crime branch 4) Prasad Gokule.
Kale planned to target men and women who are not residents of Pune but from other states. She used to chat with them on Tinder and Bumble by creating fake profiles and calling them to meet in Pune. She then took them to lodges, hotels and flats before spiking their drinks. Kale’s father died 10 years ago, due to which her mother has been in depression. The doctor had prescribed sleeping pills to Kale’s mother. Now, taking advantage of the doctor’s prescription, the accused woman took sleeping pills from the medical store. Mixing that with drinks, she used to make unsuspecting people unconscious. She never shared her contact number with a male stranger but with the women, she used to give them her number. The accused also took obscene photos of the women and blackmailed for money. No woman victim has come forward yet to lodge a complaint. A case has been registered against Kale under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison) and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).