Four gangs of 19 robbers who targeted Automated Teller Machine, ATM, vehicles in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates have been arrested. The robbers, reportedly Nigerians, were said to have entered the country on visit visas.
Khaleej Times reports that they assaulted security guards accompanying the vehicles to carry out the robberies and made off with over Dh1.8 million.
Addressing a press conference, Colonel Rashid bin Bayat, director of police operations department, said the robbers committed four daring and violent robberies targeting money transportation vehicles that were delivering cash to ATMs.
The first robbery was committed at the ATM of the Dubai Commercial Bank on King Abdul Aziz Road, where the robbers made away with Dh340,000. After two days, the gang struck again, at an ATM near Saferr Mall in Al Nahda area, where they stole Dh700,000. They then attacked a cash transportation vehicle in Al Muweilah area, making off with Dh710,000. A fourth attack at an ATM on Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road was foiled by the police.
According to the police, the suspects transferred a part of the robbed money to their home country. The police have recovered the rest and restored it to their owners.
The suspects were arrested from several apartments occupied by 30 to 40 people of the same nationalities. They were identified and arrested based on CCTV footages obtained from the banks and money exchange offices, said the police.
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