Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jul 8:
In a shocking incident, the Commissionerate Police today arrested a lady dentist working in a city hospital and her mother for shoplifting from malls across the Odisha Capital.
The arrested daughter-mother duo have been identified as Dr Kalyani Prusty (28) and her mother Kusuma Prusty (50), both staying at Gayatri Viharunder Khandagiri police station.
During a raid at the residence (Plot No 44/346) of Dr Prusty today, police seized 28 sarees, 165 vanity bags, 15 cloth pieces, 13 dresses, 35 bras, 16 panties and 15 mobile flip covers together worth about Rs 2 lakh, Twin City Commissioner of Police Dr RP Sharma told media persons here today. A motor cycle bearing registration number (OR-02-Y-7728) and a mobile phone were also seized in the raid, he said.
Dr Prusty is serving as a dentist in SUM Hospital in the city, the Commissioner added.
Giving details of the case to newsmen here, Dr Sharma said Puspaja Dhal, owner of Manisha Boutique (saree business) of plot number- 585/1 in Saheed Nagar area had lodged an FIR at the local police station on June 11 this year alleging that two ladies (mother and daughter) came to her shop at 8 PM the previous evening posing as customers and stole three sarees and two suit pieces from the shop on the pretext of purchasing articles.
A case was registered and investigation was handed over to Sub-Inspector Rashmita Lakra, who zeroed in on the mother-daughter duo after scanning CCTV footage of the shop.
Dr Sharma further said the accused ladies used to loot various shopping malls in the city by diverting the attention of the sales staff. They belong to a well-educated family but indulge in such a crime due to some compulsive disorder in their mindset.
The accused will be forwarded to a local court here later in the day.