By Staff writer
12 members of a criminal gang have been apprehended for the car theft ring
Police in the emirate of Ajman have arrested 12 members of a crime ring for stealing 83 cars in the UAE worth $1.7m (AED6.3m) and smuggling them to other countries, authorities have announced.
In a virtual press conference, Major General Sheikh Sultan Bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, commander-in-chief of Ajman’s police force, said that the criminals used associates in the UAE on visit visas to steal rental cars.
The vehicles were then sold and taken out of the UAE to neighbouring countries.
According to Major General Al Nuaimi, police began investigating the gang after various Ajman car rental firms complained that customers had not returned vehicles.
Upon investigating, police discovered that the renters had already left the country. Similar incidents were reported in other parts of the UAE.
CID officers eventually arrested a number of suspects, who were found to be delivering the vehicles to other parties at half price. A third group was responsible for taking the stolen vehicles to an unnamed UAE port to be shipped in closed containers marked as carrying home appliances. Several shipping companies were contacted and asked to return the containers.
Of the 83 stolen vehicles, 55 were recovered, 38 of which were already in ports of neighbouring countries.
Two other men are still wanted in connection with the gang and are thought to have left the country. Ajman police and Interpol are currently working to track the remaining missing vehicles.