Car thieves stunned as police foil 'luxurious' plans, recover 7 cars
Dubai - The gang was planning to steal more cars and the police found more original keys in their possession
The Abu Dhabi Police in coordination with Dubai Police busted an international gang of car thieves who stole five luxury cars in Abu Dhabi and two luxury vehicles in Dubai worth a total Dh7m. The cars were recovered within 24 hours of the theft.
"The gang was planning to steal more cars and the immediate action by the Dubai Police prevented them from doing it. The police have found more original keys in their possession, which were allegedly given to them by the agent. Even some of the owners whose cars were stolen were not aware of the theft immediately as they had the original keys and thought that the cars were in the parking area," according to a police source.
The source said that the crime was very serious and it would affect the reputation of international car companies. Abu Dhabi Police received a series of theft reports about luxury cars made by a German company from a specific parking area in Dubai. All the cars stolen were of 2016 model, the source said.
When contacted by the police, the car owners confirmed that they had the keys of their cars, which could not be operated without the keys. They also said they didn't take copies of the car keys.
Within hours, the police managed to identify the suspects and the location where they hid the stolen cars.
The three Arab suspects aged between 20 and 30 years hid the cars in warehouses in Dubai and Al Ain. The police team managed to arrest the suspects and recover the cars immediately. The police also seized keys of some cars which were not stolen by the gang as the vehicles were not parked at the parking lot at the time of the theft.
During interrogation, they confessed that they planned to steal 10 cars from the parking area and took the chassis numbers of those cars. Then, hey sent the numbers to an owner of a garage in another country, who handed it over to the car agent. The agent, who has an accredited system to make copies of keys based on the chassis numbers, gave it to the garage owner and he sent it to the gang. The gang managed to steal seven cars and hid them in the warehouses.
The police are continuing investigation to find out about the cars stolen in other countries, he said.