The suspects with the money seized from them.
Sohaila Ahmed, Staff Reporter
The Sharjah Police’s Criminal Investigation Department has successfully arrested a three-member gang of robbers, Arab nationals, headed by a leader who lives outside UAE.
The gang carried out various robberies using the same modus operandi, as they used to lure victims by offering to sell them vehicles, then stealing their money after making the deals.
Police learned about the gang’s criminal activities after receiving two separate robbery reports that were carried out in the same modus operand.
One of the victims testified that he had made a vehicle purchase deal with a man living abroad, who later told him to hand the money to a man he knows inside UAE.
The victim headed to the meeting point with the purchase-money, and once the accomplice checked the amount, he unexpectedly grabbed the money bag and fled the scene using a vehicle.
Investigation teams compared the report filed by the victim to other similar robberies, and managed to identify the gang members and place them under arrest.
The suspects confessed to committing similar robberies and stealing huge amounts from victims, which police managed to seize after arresting the gang.
Police officials urged members of the community to avoid making any purchase deals with anonymous people who use international numbers or social media platforms to lure victims and rob them.
Police also emphasised on the importance of checking the seller’s real identity and information before carrying out any kind of purchase operation, in order to avoid falling victim to such robbery schemes.
The two got in touch with each other through social media platforms, and had agreed to be in a relationship after the suspect had lied about his nationality and pretended to be an Emirati.
An African salesman was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment and was fined Dhs150,000, for forging an entry permit to scam a female visitor to pay him Dhs12,500.
As many as 70 inmates who have been waiting for air tickets and minor fines to pay will fly home within week as the arrangements are in the final phase. Arranging tickets and others have been made possible with the cooperation of community philanthropists, Pakistan Consulate in Dubai and Northern Emirates and more importantly the government officials.
Police sources said a bus carrying ITBP personnel back after completion of their Amarnath Yatra duties met with an accident in the Chandanwari area of Pahalgam tehsil.
Instantly, the patrols and the National Ambulance were dispatched to the reported location from which the child was transferred to Al Qasimi Hospital, where he was declared dead in the hospital at 7pm on the same day.
"Sixteen bodies were found during search and rescue efforts," the ministry said in a statement, adding that 18 people were still missing. Officials said more than 350 rescuers are at work on the ground.