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Six men have been accused of forming a gang that specialised in stealing cars that had been abandoned by their owners on the streets for months.

Prosecutors said the six men — four Sri Lankans and two Syrians — would search for deserted cars that had Dubai Municipality warning notices on their windshields.

Then they would wash the cars before breaking the locks open, cutting new keys and driving off.

When the defendants appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday, they pleaded not guilty.

According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the suspects, aged between 23 and 46, stole a victim's Toyota Previa car from the Al Qusais Area.

Prosecutors said the Sri Lankan defendants washed the car and waited for the Syrian suspects to break the lock and cut a new key. Then they gave the new key to one of the Sri Lankan suspects, 35-year-old N.H., who stole the car.

An Emirati police major told prosecutors that three of the Sri Lankan suspects had been arrested.

"They confessed that they worked for N.H. The police seized large amounts of liquor bottles hidden in the stolen Toyota," he said.

The major told prosecutors that the three had confessed that N.H. would search for deserted cars with notices from the Dubai Municipality on their windshields. The notices informed the car's owners that the cars would be confiscated if they were not moved.

"Then they would clean the cars and wait for the Syrian suspects to open the cars and copy new keys. During questioning, the suspects confessed that they had [stolen] ten cars," the major said.

According to records, one of the Syrian suspects would collect Dh800 for supplying new keys.
The trial continues. (Source: Gulf News)
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  • Pemal Herath Tuesday, 06 September 2011 12:01 PM

    If "any other country has ppl like this..." why are we telling the world that we are great and greater like no other? . Fact is we are no better nor worse.

    peace Tuesday, 06 September 2011 02:07 PM

    me too in middle east. If any fraud happened here next question is whether sri Lankans are around. Because our ppl are very good at this. Even ppl in high positions

    THE UNDERTAKER Tuesday, 06 September 2011 06:49 AM

    Should rest them in pieces in Jail forever

    sltk2004k Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:18 AM

    Well done, you are true sons of mother Sri Lanka....

    Damien Perea Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:31 AM

    Does taking away abandoned cars amount to stealing? If the owner doesn't complain, how can any body be charged for stealing?

    sham Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:49 AM

    We make our presence felt where ever we go!!!!!! Truely Sri Lankan..... for the Land like no other........

    Gayan Samarasekara Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:53 AM

    This is a very famous thing done by our guys, particularly in Japan.

    surain Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:03 AM

    here Again ruin the name of the motheland and name of fellow Sri Lanken employeed in UAE. what they pratice at home they do wherever they go. this is how some Sri Lanken behave and shame shame

    Lal Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:18 AM

    This news is among the Front Page stories of most of News papers (Gulf News, Khaleej Times etc...) in UAE today. this is shame on fellow Sri Lanken community over here. please pass new law to purnish these people again when they arrive country after jail term and depotation for ruining the motherland name

    modaya Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:17 AM

    not only SLs, but any other country has ppl like this....u just disgrace ur mother land with ur words...marginal difference from those thieves...

    Paraxist Wednesday, 07 September 2011 06:26 AM

    Is it too much to be recognized positively in the international media for once :/

    CHFD Tuesday, 06 September 2011 09:23 AM

    gud 1.......................... so true

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:20 AM

    Hi-tech scavenging.


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