x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Sharjah police smash emirate's 'biggest' car-theft ring

Police arrest 12 men over the suspected theft and export of 25 luxury cars, cracking what is thought to be Sharjah's largest car theft racket.

SHARJAH // Twelve men have been arrested in connection with the suspected theft and export of 25 luxury cars after police smashed what is thought to be the emirate's largest car-theft gang.

"We at first arrested one of the suspects while he was attempting to tow away a grey Range Rover, a 2010 model, from a parking lot in a residential area," a Sharjah Police spokesman said yesterday.

"On arresting the suspect he confessed that the car did not belong to him and he and other accomplices were plotting to sell it outside the country."

The man led authorities to his accomplices and the gang identified the cars they had stolen and exported in the past. Forged documents were used to move the vehicles abroad, police said.

Those arrested were mainly working for car repair shops and towing companies, which helped them to identify potential targets, police said.

The case has been referred to public prosecutors.