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15 April 2024

Burglars carry away 100kg safe with 40 passports from travel agency

By VM Sathish

Gangs of thieves are continuing to target supermarkets and offices in the emirate of Sharjah, with the latest theft reported at a leading travel agency in Rolla.

The travel agency was burgled at night, with thieves taking away a huge steel safe weighing more than 100 kg that contained passports of nearly 40 employees, money and other important documents.

Thieves broke the lock in front of the travel agency’s glass door to enter the office.

“The steel safe contained passports of 40 employees of the travel agency. Now, these employees can’t travel home even on emergencies. We have to apply for new passports now,” said an affected employee.

It seems a gang job because the steel safe was too heavy to be carried by one person.

Sharjah Police is examining finger prints found in the travel agency and security camera footage.

This theft has come to light a couple of days after a supermarket in Sharjah was burgled. On Friday night, thieves broke the lock behind the glass door to enter supermarket in Rolla and looted part of the shop’s stock.

A computer accessory shop in the area was recently robbed.

Of late, Sharjah has seen several thefts, especially in shops in areas without street lights.

Besides shop burglaries, attacks by thieves have also been reported in the emirate recently.

Recently, an Indian returning from a mosque after prayers was attacked with stones and robbed. After hitting the victim with the stone, the culprit ran away with his wallet and mobile phone. The victim sustained serious injuries on his forehead and was admitted to Kuwait Hospital by Sharjah Police.

On the same night, a Pakistani national was attacked and robbed of his purse and mobile phone. The culprit tried to hide under a parked vehicle. However, he was nabbed by onlookers who handed him over to Sharjah Police.