Con Couple: How a random visit to bank brought cops closer to their target

Con Couple: How a random visit to bank brought cops closer to their target

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-09-30 11:16 I wanted to talk to that STD booth girl elaborately so to extract as much information as possible from her. So, I appealed her to stop attending to her customers for a while and lend us some time. She obliged. Upon inquiry, she told me that on all the two or three occasions when the woman came to her booth it was late in the evening and she was accompanied by the local woman. I asked her the details about the local woman. She tried to recollect the name of the woman but in vain. But she said that the woman was a cook and her name was Josephine. We were further thrilled at the information. We both thanked the girl profusely and asked her to gather more information about the foreigner woman, the local cook Josephine and their present place of stay.We also told her that we will be watching her booth from a distance and requested her to help us in whatever way she could.Our local investigation revealed that there was a woman by name Josephine who was a cook residing close to the hurch. We traced her house. There was a lodge in front of her house. We took a room facing her house and put constable Jagdish Rao in charge of the job with instructions to keep a close round-the-clock watch to find out whether any foreigner couple were visiting or residing in that place.We would keep the vigil by turn while constable Jagdish Rao kept the surveillance on Josephine’s house. Even after two days, nothing positive yielded.One evening, we decided to inspect how Rao is keeping a vigil on Josephine’s house. To our shock, Rao was royally sleeping in the hotel room. We shouted at him and he profusely apologised for his blunder. He said that there was nothing to worry about it as he has asked Josephine’s neighbour, a petty shop keeper, to pass on the information if any foreigner visited the house. Worse, he had also disclosed his identity as police officer to the petty shop keeper.When I inquired personally through other sources I came to know that the shopkeeper – constable’s informant – was the cousin of Josephine. Could we expect honest help from him? This blunder on the part of Rao could alert them if at all they were staying there and all our efforts would become futile – this was our biggest fear. It could have jeopardised our mission. I warned Rao to be careful in his duties in future.Our further enquiry revealed that there were as many as four to five  Josephines and they were all cooks in the surroundings. We traced another woman by name Josephine and found that she had not entertained any foreigner during that period. Then we went in search of another Josephine who was also a cook but could not locate her though it was a small town.As we had alerted the STD booth girl, the post and bank officers and our man Friday constable Rao, we relaxed a little for a day and spent  time with our family who were cursing us for not being with them.Next day, we decided to check banks and post offices through which the couple could have got money from overseas. We went to the Indian Over seas Bank and approached the manager and explained to him the purpose of our mission. We showed him the photographs. The Manager after little difficulty identified Ulrike and said that she had come to the bank a day before with a male person who was also a foreigner and told him that they were expecting some transfer of funds from Germany and would be coming to the bank again to draw amount.It was a great news and we were again thrilled at the additional information we got about the couple. To be continued