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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Man 'attacked numerous filling station attendants and stole money' 

Sharjah Police apprehend suspect within two hours after a flood of calls to report attacker with metal bar

A man who was attacking filling station attendants and stealing the money in their possession has been arrested, Sharjah Police said.

Colonel Ibrahim Misbah, director of the criminal investigation department, said that police in a neighbouring emirate contacted them about the 28-year-old Egyptian suspect at 2.30am on Tuesday morning.

“We were informed that he attacked fuel refill workers at a number of petrol stations then robbed the cash they had on them and fled in a car,” said the colonel.

Minutes later, Sharjah Police’s operation room received several other reports from petrol stations in the emirate's industrial area 7, Muwaileh and the ring road area reporting that petrol station workers had been attacked and robbed by a man holding a metal bar.

An investigation team managed to identify and track the man down to a hotel in Sharjah.

“He was apprehended within two hours from the time of the initial report. We finalised questioning and retrieved the entire stolen amount then referred him to the public prosecution,” said the colonel, adding that the suspect had lost his job with a debt collecting company.

The metal bar he used in the raids was found in his possession in the hotel room.