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12 April 2024

Thieves targeting bank clients nabbed in Abu Dhabi

By Staff

Thieves continued to strike against bank clients in Abu Dhabi and managed to loot more than Dh170,000 last week before some of them were captured by the police.

The victims included a school teacher, an engineer and two other university graduates while four captured thieves were found to be illiterate, prompting the capital’s CID chief to raise brows on how educated people fall prey to those burglars.

The thieves followed the same trick already used by other criminals through the UAE by stalking their victims until they emerge out of the bank and telling them that their car is leaking oil or their tyre is flat. Once the car owner steps out to check, one thief on the other side of the vehicle opens the door quickly and snatches money or jewelry.

“We arrested four of them including three illegal entrants and one resident…they were found to be almost illiterate while their victims are all university graduates..I am really surprised,” CID chief Colonel Rashid Burasheed said.

Quoted by Emirat Alyoum Arabic language daily, he said the thieves managed to loot more than Dh170,000 in cash as well as jewelry in separate burglaries, adding that police are trying to recover all the stolen items.

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