Ras Al Khaimah police arrest masked robbers in 24 hours

One of the masked robbers had handcuffed and totally immobilized a staff teller while his other three accomplices threatened another staff with a knife.



By Ahmed Shaaban (senior Reporter)

Published: Wed 24 Jun 2015, 8:55 PM

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

Ras Al Khaimah: The RAK Police have arrested a gang of four Asian robbers implicated in stealing Dh350,000 from a remittance and foreign exchange company.

Though the suspects, in their 20s, were all masked, the RAK Police have managed to apprehend them all after very close monitoring and haunt, according to a top police officer.

Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, on Wednesday said the CID teams have also identified the nationalities of the suspects, who are all young Asian men.

“They have brazenly committed their robberies during daytime, but have been professionally tracked down and nabbed in a record time by the law enforcement bodies here whereas all the cash stolen was returned in full.”

Col Abdullah Ali Mankhas, director of the Criminal Investigations Department at the RAK Police, said the Central Operations Room was alerted about the forced and violent robbery at 2pm on Tuesday.

“One of the masked robbers has handcuffed and totally immobilized a staff teller while his other three accomplices threatened another staff with a knife and forced him to guide them to the cash safe which they totally robbed and fled the scene.”

The RAK Police, alerted of the robbery, rushed to the site and initiated intensive investigations, he added. “The robbers proved to have stolen more than Dh 350,000 from the exchange company in less than two minutes like action movies.”

Col Mankhas said they have managed to identify the mastermind behind the crime in less than 24 hours. “He was barefacedly driving the same car he used in the robbery, and was easily spotted and nabbed.”

Later, the accused proved to be staying at the same area where the robbery took place, he noted. “He was planning to flee out of the country, and used to visit the same exchange company where he has transferred Dh1,000 abroad recently.”

The accused initially denied the accusations, but later admitted to his crime after being confronted with the evidences collected. “He confessed to have robbed the exchange company, and shared the robbed money with his other three colleagues who fled to Sharjah and Dubai.”

He also committed to have hidden the robbed cash in his house, he added. “The RAK Police, the public prosecution’s permission, collected the money back after searching the suspect’s house.”

The CID teams have launched further investigations based on some tip-off, and arrested two other robbers in collaboration with the Sharjah Police, and the final robber in Dubai in coordination with the Dubai Police.

“Investigations show that all the suspects have criminal records and are defaulters to some local banks here,” he said, affirming that all the suspects admitted to their crime.

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com


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