People thwart daylight robbery in Dubai

Alerted by woman victim, criminals chased, caught and overpowered by the public

Two Asian nationals who tried to rob a female bank customer in Dubai’s Satwa area were chased, caught and overpowered with the help of members of the public witnessing the daylight robbery attempt on Saturday morning.

The Indian woman had just withdrawn a large sum of money from the bank’s branch in Satwa at about 10.30am and was about to leave the parking lot after keeping her bag containing the money in the rear seat of her car, when suddenly a ‘helpful’ man appeared on the scene to her to tell that her car’s tyre had been punctured.

By the time she came out of the car to check the condition of the tyre, the ‘helpful’ man’s accomplice opened the rear door of the car, snatched the bag, crossed the busy road and fled. The woman raised an alarm and chased the duo down the street yelling loudly for help.

Soon, onlookers joined the chase, caught up with the tricksters, nabbed and overpowered them. They were handed over to the police. The woman got her money back.

The usual modus operandi of such tricksters is that one member of the gang would knock on the window of the car and tell the victim that the vehicle’s tyre is damaged. When the victim gets out of the vehicle to check the tyre, he will find it covered with oil. In the meantime, another member of the gang would lightly open the car’s door and snatch the money bag. Both the conmen would flee before the victim realises that his money has been stolen.

Police have been alerting the public about safe withdrawal of large amounts of cash from bank branches or ATMs. Many bank customers have fallen victims to this trick.

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