Romeo arrested for conning women with marriage promises

After befriending women through marriage proposals, a man who promised to marry women, was arrested on Sunday for allegedly taking Rs157,000 from a woman promising to marry her.

The Island reported that after the Warakapola police in North Western Province received a complaint from the woman, the culprit was arrested.

The suspect had deceived women in Habaraduwa, Balangoda and Mirigama in this manner, according to the police, and he had obtained Rs15,000, Rs300,000 and Rs200,000 respectively.

The suspect, a resident of Menikdiwela in Kandy, was produced before the Thulhiriya Magistrate yesterday and remanded till February 1.

Fuel robbery mastered by crooked driver

An owner of a filling station was remanded till February 8 by Wariyapola Magistrate yesterday for alleged purchase of fuel valued at Rs1,080,000/-, belonging to another fuel station in Horowpathana in North Central province, from a crooked bowser driver, The Island reported.

The driver had abandoned the bowser at Nawinna in Kurunegala in the North Western province after selling the fuel and had been attempting to leave the country, according to an informed source.

A warrant has been obtained by the Wariyapola police to arrest the main suspect, a resident of Alawwa, who was using every gimmick in the book to prevent arrest so far.

The driver transporting the fuel to a filling station in Horowpathana, in a bowser belonging to the aforesaid filling station, from the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery on January 19, had asked his helper to buy him of a bottle of water from a shop on the way as he was thirsty and then had sped away leaving the helper behind at around 7.30 pm, police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody told The Island.

The Wariyapola police first traced the bowser to Nawinna junction in Kurunegala with the assistance of the Kurunegala police and are continuing further investigations.

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