Published May 03, 2013
A car thief's weakness for women became his downfall when police in India nabbed him in a Facebook trap.
Police in Vastrapur, India had been tracking 24-year-old Bheemsingh Bhati for a year for stealing several vehicles, but he had so far escaped authorities, according to the Times of India.
When a detective found the suspect on Facebook, he noticed that most of his friends were women. Police created a fake profile with a photo of an attractive woman to lure him into a meeting.
The trick worked and Bhati began communicating with the decoy.
“Gradually, Bhati became so obsessed with the persona that he kept on requesting to meet 'her' in person," a police official told the Times.
Bhati showed up for the date in April wearing flashy clothes and began looking for the object of his affection, but he was met by police instead. Officers escorted him into a police van and took him into custody.
He has confessed to stealing cars from at least five towns.