A Pakistani man burgled 56 houses in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai before he was captured when he made a mistake and robbed an apartment registered with the Dubai police housing protection programme.
Police said the man had stolen Dhmillions and a large quantity of gold, some of which were seized in his car when he was arrested in Dubai.
“A burglary at a flat registered with the police house protection programme was the main factor that led us to capture this thief,” said Brigadier Khalil Al Mansoori, director of the criminal investigation department in Dubai.
He told Emirat Alyoum daily that a police unit patrolling an area within its house protection programme noticed that the lights in one apartment in Qusais were on late night. When they contacted its owner, he said that he was abroad and that he was sure he had turned the lights off.
“Police went into the flat and found that it had been burgled…following investigations, we reached a clue about the thief’s identify…our men seized him while he was stalking another apartment.”
The paper quoted another police officer as saying the man confessed to stealing many houses and that a large amount of money and gold was found in his car.
Police records showed they have received 56 reports on house robbery in Ras Al Khaimah and two in Dubai.
“We expect the reports on such robberies to reach 70...the defendant has been handed over to RAK police,” said Colonel Salim Al Rumaithi, the department’s deputy for detective affairs.
Emarat Al Youm said the thief had caused a state of panic in some RAK areas because of his repeated burglaries.