According to Attingal sub-inspector Syam M V, the district police had launched a probe after the theft was reported at the currency exchange firm ‘V S Associates’ of Sunil Kumar of Chirayinkeezh on September 17, 2018.
“In his complaint Kumar said that a foreign couple had visited his firm around 2pm on that day in an autorickshaw and asked for Indian currency for 1,000 Dirhams. When his employee went inside, the couple made away with 7,500 Saudi Riyal and 75 Kuwait Dinar worth Rs 1.5 lakh from the counter following which the police were alerted and a probe was launched,” said SI Syam. Following this incident, two other firms at Ulloor in the city and Vamanapuram near Kilimanoor approached the police complaining that they too had fallen victim to the same fraud. The police identified the suspects from surveillance camera footage and issued a lookout notice in their name, which were circulated among all airports and even hotels and lodges.
A few days ago, superintendent (rural) B Ashokan received tip off that the couple was seen in Ernakulam district. The information was passed on to the rural shadow police squad, who travelled to Ernakulam and nabbed the accused with the help of Ernakulam police.
“There was one more Iranian with the couple when we caught them. However, when we checked his documents it was revealed that he came to the country recently, implying that he was not a part of the crime we were probing,” the SI said adding that steps were taken to deport him to Iran. Both accused were produced before the court and remanded in judicial custody. tnn