Three held for robbing bank clients in Abu Dhabi

Published On: 
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 09:22
Khaleej Times

The Abu Dhabi Police have arrested three Asians who were allegedly involved in three separate cases of robbing bank customers in the Capital. Colonel Dr Rashid Mohammed Borshid, Head of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Abu Dhabi Police, said the suspects were arrested from near banks where they were reportedly waiting for bank customers to rob them.

One of the suspects allegedly resisted arrest and tried to assault police officers with a knife.

Revealing details about the innovative methods used by these robbers, Col Borshid said the most common ploy was to pour motor oil on the targeted victim’s car tyre when he/she went to the bank or ATM. When the victim boarded the car after withdrawing money, the suspects would draw his/her attention to a supposed malfunction in the car. As soon as the victim stepped out of the car to investigate, the thieves would snatch the money and flee.

Colonel Dr. Borshid said: “Thanks to the watchful eyes of our police patrols, we were able to monitor one such crime in action. One suspect tried to steal money from a lady when she left the bank. When she was examining the back tyre of her vehicle, one of the perpetrators opened the door of her car from the other side, opened her handbag and stole money and documents.”

The police have recovered the tools used by the suspects in carrying out their crime.

The suspects have been referred to the public prosecution to assist in investigating the theft cases reported by different banking customers.

Col Borshid urged bank customers to be more vigilant after carrying out their transactions. Several awareness campaigns have been launched in this regard, he said.

The Abu Dhabi CID had launched two media campaigns earlier to protect bank clients from “sudden thefts”. These campaigns aimed to raise the awareness of banking clients about the safety precautions and guidelines that should be followed when making a withdrawal or transfer.

He stressed the importance of cooperation between the police and the general public in combating crime and urged the public to report any suspicious behaviour near banks or ATM machines.

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