Dubai Police arrest dud cheque car dealer

DUBAI — Dubai Police arrested a 30-year old Arab after tracking him down for 25 days.


Amira Agarib

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Published: Tue 19 Oct 2010, 12:03 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:29 PM

The suspect had stolen eight cars — three of them in Dubai and five in another emirate.

According to Brigadier Khalil Ibrahim, Al Mansouri, Director, General Department of Criminal Investigation, the suspect offered high prices to owners who wanted to sell cars and he gave them cheques belonging to a company that had shut down 10 years ago.

He said the suspect usually gave cheques late in the afternoon as banks would be closed for transactions. He would then smuggle the cars within a few hours to a border with GCC country. The following day the victims would realise they had dud cheques. Al Mansouri said the suspect would offer the victims a high price for their cars. He allegedly told the victims he would pay the full amount in cash, but when the cars changed hands, he would give them cheques and told them he did not have cash. So the victims who thought they had a good price would take the cheques.

The police received a number of complaints and set a trap for the suspect who approached people through ads. During one such transaction, the police arrested the thief when he was handing out the worthless cheques.

The suspect is currently being interrogated and has been identified by the victims.

Police have informed officials in GCC countries of the stolen cars. The public have also been asked to approach the police if they have more information on the suspect. The cheapest car was ‘bought’ with Dh30,000 cheque. He urged the public not to trust and accept cheques issued by strangers.

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