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Thu 16 Oct 2008 01:40 AM

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Four police impersonators arrested in Dubai

Three UAE nationals and Pakistani preyed on workers, taking wallets and phones.

Police have arrested four men on charges of impersonating officers of its Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who stopped people in the street and took their wallets and mobile phones, UAE daily Gulf News reported on Wednesday.

Colonel Khalil Ebrahim Al-Mansouri, Deputy Director of Dubai Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), said three of the suspects are Emiratis while the fourth is a national of Pakistan, the paper said.

The four suspects aged between 15 and 30 had rented a car from a agency in Dubai, and driven to accommodation units housing Asian workers.

Picking on workers walking on their own, they would stop him and ask for identification papers, claiming that they were from the CID. They would then take the victim's wallet and mobile phone and depart the scene.

Colonel Al-Mansouri said the suspects had also attacked one person who refused to hand over his phone and wallet, taking him to a deserted area, where they assaulted him, stole his possessions and then drove off.

Colonel Al-Mansouri said the CID after receiving four separate complaints had formed special teams to follow up the cases, the paper said.

By matching descriptions of the suspects, they traced one juvenile to Sharjah who was arrested. He confessed and provided the names of his accomplices who all confessed. The victims were also able to identify the perpetrators, he added.

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