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Three men held for robbery in Sharjah

Sharjah: Police on Wednesday  arrested three Afghan suspects who allegedly broke into homes while residents were asleep.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Sharjah Police revealed that the gang stole laptop computers, mobile phones and cash, in addition to electronic equipment and jewellery.

The crimes took place across various residential neighbourhoods in the city.

"We received numerous complaints from residents about thieves breaking into their homes. A security team was formed and, during the investigation, we found that most of the victims had left their doors unlocked," said a CID official.

During the investigation, police were able to locate the whereabouts of the Afghan suspects, who were identified as W.A.K., 35; S.A.S., 20; and Gh.J., 30.

The first two suspects were illegal residents while the third had entered the country illegally.

When the suspects' home was raided, Sharjah Police discovered a large quantity of stolen items and cash.

During interrogation, all three suspects confessed to the crimes and the case has been referred to the Sharjah Public Prosecution.

Jamal Nour Al Deen, an American resident living on King Faisal Road, was one of the victims who had watches, two mobile phones, more than Dh1,500 in cash and jewellery stolen from his apartment.

"The incident happened at about 7am on January 30. My wife woke up and was sure that she had locked the door and was surprised to see that it was open. When she walked out of the room, the thieves ran away leaving behind my son's laptop," explained the father of three.

Police are urging residents to take precautions to secure their family's safety and belongings.

"More often we are faced with cases of theft as a result of tenants not locking their door properly or letting strangers into their homes. Everybody can become a victim and it is important that valuables are always kept in a safe place," said an official at Sharjah Police.

"Residents should also be vigilant with their housemaids and ensure that valuables are kept safe. Even though the housemaids might not steal, they may encourage their friends to break into the home and steal them instead."

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