x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

More members of Abu Dhabi gang held on suspicion of involvement in Dh1.8m theft

The gang is suspected of having been involved in stealing Dh1.8m worth of cash and materials in two months.

ABU DHABI // Two more suspected members of the "Jerboas of the Dark" gang have been arrested.

The Pakistani gang is accused of stealing cash, copper and diesel worth Dh1.8 million from companies in Mafraq and Mussaffah over a period of two months before five members were arrested on June 7 in a police sting dubbed "Jerboas of the Dark".

The two latest arrests are of AA, 26, a truck driver, and SB, 22, also a driver.

Police believe the gang had access to inside information about the premises they targeted.

Col Rashid Bourshid, chief of Criminal investigation Department (CID) at Abu Dhabi Police, said that the case was particularly intriguing because the gang would sell copper and diesel to the companies before stealing back the very same materials.

Members of the gang wore masks and gloves to carry out the raids of companies in the capital's industrial zones. Some would ransack the company's premises while the others would tie up the security guards and disable the surveillance cameras.

Col Rashid Bourshid urged company owners to ensure that doors and windows are locked after working hours, avoid leaving cash inside their permises, and employ professional security guards.