Gang of seven held for robbing house

They chained the woman; threatened that they would not return the valuables unless she paid them Dh20,000 within 15 days.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 29 Oct 2014, 12:17 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:23 PM

The Western Region police arrested a gang of seven Asians who allegedly broke into a woman’s house in Gayathi and stole jewellery, mobile phones and cash after chaining her.

The Asian woman was threatened that they would not return the valuables unless she paid them Dh20,000 within 15 days.

Colonel Ojeil Ali Abdullah Al Junaibi, Director of the Western Region Police Directorate, said the gang members had face masks and were travelling in a white Toyota Innova when they were intercepted. Knives of different sizes, a large bat, two iron rods, plastic ropes, different currencies, five iPhones, four Blackberry phones, three Samsung Galaxy phones, one iPad Mini, a wireless device, a Nokia phone, watches, and gold and silver rings and necklaces in their possession.

During questioning, the suspects confessed to committing several robberies. In this case, the first suspect confessed that he had taken the car and transported second to sixth suspects at 2am to the woman’s house in Gayathi. He also drove them to their place of residence in Barakah. The second, third and fourth suspects confessed to entering and robbing the house after threatening the woman with a knife. They handed over the stolen goods to the first suspect later, Col Al Junaibi said.

“The fifth and sixth suspects said they entered the victim’s home after their partners managed to chain her. The seventh suspect said he guided the other gang members to the victim’s house and that he was the one who obtained tourism visas for five of the suspects,” he said.

The victim reported that the gang told her that they would not return the stolen goods unless she gave them Dh20,000 within 15 days. They also gave her a phone number on which she was asked to communicate with them.

“The gang was busted because of the alacrity with which the officers responded after the woman reported the incident and their precision in collecting information,: Col Al Junaibi said.

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