Dh108,000: Expat arrested in UAE for gold biscuits con
The conman would lure jewellery shop owners to 'his' apartment to complete the deal.
A 48-year-old Asian man, who stole gold biscuits from jewellery shop owners, was arrested by the Sharjah Police. The cops recovered gold biscuits worth Dh108,400 from the arrested man.
Brig Ibrahim Al Ajill, director of CID at Sharjah Police, said the thief used to dupe the victims at Sharjah Central Souq by convincing them that he was interested in buying the gold biscuits.
He would ask the owners to accompany him to 'his' apartment to complete the deal and get the cash there, the top cop added.
The man would claim that he didn't want people to know that he was purchasing gold and also because he wanted his sister to check out the gold bars at home, he pointed out.
One of the victims told the police that the suspect took him to his apartment in Al Qassimi area. There, the man requested the victim to hand him over the gold pieces, so he could show them to his sister inside. The victim waited for a long time for the man to return, only to realise that he had vanished with the gold.
He immediately called the police, who swung into action and formed a team. The cops reviewed the cameras in the market and identified him. The police launched a search operation and nabbed the thief in a short time. During interrogation, he confessed to the crime and said he was planning to flee the country the same day. He also handed over all the stolen goods to the police, who gave them back to their owners. The man was referred to the public prosecution.
Brig Al Ajill said: "Even though the suspect tried to use a new method to lure the victims to a location that is not covered by security surveillance, the police identified the man, monitored his movements and pounced on his whereabouts."
He urged the owners of shops trading in gold and jewellery, or luxury and precious goods to adhere to the prevailing laws in the country, and not to fall prey to prowling swindlers and con-men.
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