x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Ram-raid gang drives lorry into warehouse

SHARJAH // A gang of "professional thieves" drove a vehicle into a warehouse and stole Dh250,000 worth of electrical appliances in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Security guards on duty at the time had left the premises in industrial area 15 at about 3.40am, said Fathima Syed Ali, the owner of Start Electrical Switch and Gear Maintenance, which owns the warehouse. The robbery is thought to have taken place between 4am and 6am, before the next shift of guards had begun.

"They were professional thieves," she said." They pushed the security cameras to face up and stole all the tapes and a hard drive to evade any evidence. My staff were shocked in the morning to find two doors broken and tyre marks inside the warehouse."

The gang apparently drove a lorry into the storage area and used it to take away the stolen goods, Ms Syed Ali said.

Police were at the scene by 8am yesterday taking fingerprints and they believe the gang may be behind a number of other thefts in the emirate.

"We believe there is a gang of robbers now targeting the industrial areas, as a few similar cases have been reported recently," a police spokesman said. "Officers are working hard to find the gang, bring it to justice and secure property safety in the area."

The incident comes two weeks after police arrested a five-strong gang of teenagers allegedly involved in breaking into parked cars in industrial areas and stealing valuables. The juveniles, between 15 and 17 years of age, are said to have stolen mobile phones, cameras, money, laptops and other items.

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