CHENNAI: What did the senior citizen say to the venerable old man 20 years older than him? Help me start my scooter by pushing it and, by the way, give me your gold ring first.
We are not making this up. As implausible as it may sound, that’s how 62-year-old Rajasekar made away with a 6g gold ring worth 10,000 from 80-year-old Chetpet resident Velayutham in Kellys near Kilpauk here on Thursday.
Rajasekar, a chronic gambler, conned Velayutham out of the ring because he wanted to play cards for money at a gambling club he frequents in the city. Unfortunately for him, alert passersby nabbed him and handed him over to police. Now that he’s in the slammer, the only thing he can gamble on with any certainty is that it’s going to be a while before he can visit his favourite club again.
An investigating officer said Rajasekar, who lives with his family that includes several grandchildren, claimed it was his first attempt at crime.
“Rajasekar was broke and sitting on his scooter near Kellys on Thursday evening wondering how to get some cash to gamble with when he saw Velayutham, who lives on Model Lane in Chetpet, walking down the street,” the officer said. “He immediately spotted an opportunity.”
Rajasekar accosted Velayutham and lied to him that his scooter was not starting. He asked the old man to help him start his bike by giving it a push.
“Velayutham told us in his complaint that he felt sorry for Rajasekar because he was also growing old and agreed to help him,” the officer said. “As Velayutham pushed the bike, Rajasekar kept the ignition switched off so it would not start.”
Rajasekar told Velayutham that his gold ring was scratching the paint off the rear of his scooter and asked him to remove it, offering to keep it safely for him. A hapless Velayutham agreed, removing his ring and handing it over to Rajasekar, before starting to push the scooter again.
“Rajasekar switched on the ignition and sped away with Velayutham’s ring,” causing the elderly man to fall on the road,” the officer said. “Velayutham raised an alarm and some passersby chased and nabbed. They handed him over to the Kilpauk police.”
A magistrate sent Rajasekar to Puzhal Central Prison after remanding him in judicial custody.