Gang of 10 held for smuggling vehicles

Gang of 10 held for smuggling vehicles

The Sharjah Police on Thursday arrested a criminal gang comprising five Saudi nationals and five Pakistanis adept at stealing vehicles and smuggling them out of the country using fake documents. The gang stole nine vehicles and smuggled them out of the country. They also bought cars mortgaged to banks at cheap rates to smuggle them and to later sell them at high prices.


Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Fri 19 Oct 2012, 8:52 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:40 AM

A CID top official said all required documents were made in a neighbouring country by the gang’s partner based there. The gang would send him all information of the stolen cars and the number plates, and he would prepare the necessary documents.

The suspected members of the gang. — Supplied photo

During investigation the police found that the gang targeted both new and second hand cars and other vehicles in showrooms in industrial areas. They were also on the lookout for individuals willing to sell their cars mortgaged to banks, at cheap prices ranging from Dh6,000 to Dh10,000. They would smuggle them and sell them at about Dh40,000. Counterfeit car keys were often used to operate the stolen cars.

The police acted on complaints received from six people. The police formed a team to identify the suspects and during the course of the search, they managed to identify two Pakistani suspects believed to be involved in the activity. The police followed them and found that one of them was living in Ajman. In coordination with the Ajman police, the team raided his house.

During interrogation, the two confessed that they stole many vehicles and sold to someone from Saudi Arabia. The police also arrested the Saudi national living in a hotel. He confessed that he knew that the Pakistanis were stealing and buying mortgaged cars and despite that he had agreed to buy them. He also informed the police about the others involved in the organised crime, some of them based within the country and some others outside the country. The money was divided amongst all of them after the cars were sold.

The police finally arrested the 10-members of the gang. After they admitted to the crime, they were referred to the public persecution. —

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