The law-enforcement agencies have busted a gang of shop burglars. Eight members of the gang, comprising Asians, have been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Ministry of Interior.
Sleuths from the CID had been on the lookout for the gang after several complaints of shop break-ins were lodged with the police.
The CID set up an investigation team to launch a manhunt for the culprits to prevent the occurrence of more burglaries.
The team made instant headway as it succeeded in discovering the identity of one of the suspects.
One of the burglars, with the help of others, robbed a well-known shopping centre located on D Ring Road. The police arrested the suspects from their accommodation and seized the stolen items.
During his interrogation, it was revealed that one of the thieves entered the mall with other customers in the evening and hid himself in a corner a little before its closing time at midnight.
The other members of the gang were observing the movements of the security guards outside and informing their accomplice hiding inside, on his mobile phone.
The man broke into a mobile phone shop in the mall and stole 18 mobile phone handsets of various sizes and a number of silver accessories.
From their modus operandi it was clear to the crime detection experts at the CID that they had robbed a famous commercial complex in Al Hilal area in a similar fashion. From there too, they had stolen a number of mobile phone handsets and cash.
They had taken the cash by breaking donation boxes installed inside the complex. One of the gang members had previously worked in this complex and was well aware of what was inside.
During their interrogation, the suspects confessed that one of them broke the back door of the complex with an iron rod and entered the second floor with an accomplice. The suspects were transferred to the concerned department for legal action.
The CID, in a statement yesterday, urged the managements of commercial establishments to take necessary precautions and not ignore security and safety procedures in order to protect their property.