Stolen in US, sold in UAE

SHARJAH - The Sharjah Police, in coordination with Interpol, have busted an international gang of car smugglers who imported vehicles stolen in the US into the UAE and sold them here.



by

Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Fri 1 Aug 2008, 1:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:20 PM

Two Pakistani nationals have been arrested in this connection. The duo were nabbed from a used cars showroom in Abu Shagara on Wednesday while trying to sell two 2007 model Mercedes cars brought to the UAE from the US.

They have been residing in the country while their aides are still at large in the US. The UAE Ministry of Interior is coordinating with Interpol to arrest the aides.

According to a CID official, the Sharjah Police were tipped off one man was trying to sell two Mercedes cars (S 550 and SL 550) imported from the US.

He said: “After confirming the accuracy of the information, we monitored the movements of two suspects who went to a used cars showroom in Abu Shagara to sell the two Mercedes cars and a BMW.

“We found that they had tampered with the chassis numbers. We arrested them and seized a number of documents and stamps belonging to a spare parts trading company.

“We later learnt that they were using this company, based in the UAE, as a cover for smuggling cars into the country. The BMW (330 X 1) had no papers and was parked in the showroom.”

During interrogation, the duo confessed to tampering with the chassis numbers of the smuggled cars in an aluminium workshop belonging to a Pakistani national. The police seized the equipment used for changing the chassis numbers.

“We came to know that they have partners in the US who shipped the stolen cars to the duo,” he said.

The suspects are currently detained to be referred to the Public Prosecution.

afkarali@khaleejtimes.com


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