x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Armed women arrested after series of robberies

Two women and a man have been arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies and home invasions around Sharjah.

SHARJAH // Two women and a man have been arrested in connection with a series of armed robberies and home invasions around the emirate.

A police spokesman said it was the first time women had been arrested in the emirate in connection with such crimes.

Police said they had received several reports of women entering residences and threatening the owners with a gun or a knife before taking valuables. All of the suspects were of Chinese origin.

In the latest incident, an Asian woman reported that two Chinese women and a man entered her home, tied her up on her bed, taped her mouth, and started collecting portable electronics and jewellery. The assailants escaped with a laptop, a mobile phone and the victim's gold jewellery.

The victim could only tell police that she heard one of the aggressors being called F U. Police later confirmed her identity and that of another woman, T E. The man was identified as M E.

Police discovered that the suspects lived in Ajman and with co-operation from Ajman Police, the suspects' rented house was raided.

Authorities found in the suspects' possession a gun and knives that police said were used in the robberies, in addition to a number of electronic devices, including mobile phones and laptop computers.

Police also established that one of the women was wanted in Abu Dhabi on charges of illegally dealing in the alcohol trade.

All the suspects confessed to their crimes, and had been referred to public prosecutors, police said.

A police spokesman said that, although no women had previously been arrested in connection with armed robberies in the emirate, a number of men had been caught dressing in abayas and robbing residents.

In one incident in Abu Shagara in March, a Pakistani man, who had covered his face, was easily identified by police on his way from the flat he had robbed: he was wearing men's sandals with an abaya.

 

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