Car lifters’ gang busted

DUBAI — The Dubai Police have arrested a gang of car thieves.

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Amira Agarib

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Published: Sun 11 Feb 2007, 9:44 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:29 AM

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police told Khaleej Times that they managed to nab the gang who stole only cars of a certain brand because of their big demand in the local market.

The gang managed to steal cars without leaving behind any trace, forcing police to carry out investigation for several days.

According to a police source, the gang, comprising Afghan nationals, used a new hi-tech foolproof system to carry out their operations. However, the official refused to give exact details on how stealing operation was carried out and cars were taken away in a few minutes.

The source said that police took immediate action on complaints from owners of a number of cars of 2006 and 2007 models of a famous brand and came to know that most of the cars were stolen from Muraqqabat, Rafaa, Bur Dubai, Rashidiya and Naif areas of Dubai. The police launched an intensive search and set several traps to reach out to the gang.

One of the victims said he had parked his car near his villa but his car was not to be seen the following morning.

“I immediately lodged a complaint with police. Several days passed but I did not hear anything from the police. Three days ago I received a call from the police and I was happy to learn that they had arrested the car-thieves gang.”

He said police had also informed him that they wanted all the complainants to report to the police station.

Police sources confirmed the arrest of the gang but refused to give details as to how or when its members were arrested. They also refused to tell how many cars had been stolen by the gang but said investigations are underway and on their completion the gang will be referred to the Dubai Public prosecution.

Diuring October last year, the police had arrested a three-member gang of car thieves. They had stolen over 22 vehicles from rental car companies. A number of stolen cars were seized at the port before being shipped. Local police had also alerted their counterparts in other Arab countries where the stolen vehicles are shipped.



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