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RAK cracks daring money exchange heist

RAK cracks daring money exchange heist

Gang of four Asian men in their twenties allegedly robbed Dh350,000 from a foreign exchange company in Ras Al Khaimah.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

Published: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:38 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:49 PM

Ras Al Khaimah - The Ras Al Khaimah Police have arrested a gang of four Asian men for allegedly robbing Dh350,000 from a foreign exchange company in the emirate. The police managed to arrest the suspects in less than 24 hours after the crime was committed though they wore masks while committing the robbery.

Major-General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, said: “The suspects, who are in their twenties, committed the robbery in broad daylight. With their arrest, the stolen cash has been recovered in full.” Colonel Abdullah Ali Mankhas, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the RAK Police, said the robbery was reported at 2pm on Tuesday.

“One of the robbers handcuffed and immobilised a teller at the exchange office, while his accomplices threatened another staff member with a knife and forced him to take them to the cash safe. They robbed the safe and fled the scene,” said Col Mankhas.

The robbery was committed in under two minutes.

The police managed to identify the prime suspect in the case. “He was spotted driving the same car that was used in committing the robbery.” The suspect was a customer of the exchange office and had “very recently” transferred Dh1,000 from there.

“He denied the charges levelled against him initially, but when confronted with the evidence we collected, he confessed. He shared the robbed money with his accomplices, who fled to Sharjah and Dubai,” said Col Mankhas.

A part of the robbed cash was recovered from the prime suspect’s house. The other three suspects were arrested in coordination with the police forces of Sharjah and Dubai. “Investigations revealed that the suspects have criminal records and owe money to some local banks.” -ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com

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