Teacher uses students for armed robberies

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The police have arrested an expatriate teacher and his four student accomplices for carrying out a string of robberies in the city.

The Arab teacher had recruited three students from his school and one from another for his criminal activities. They robbed several shops at gunpoint after threatening to shoot their victims, the police disclosed, according to a report in a local publication on Monday.

The perpetrators robbed shops in the neighborhoods of Al-Sanabel, Tahlawi and Quwaizine wearing masks and gloves. One shop manager, a Pakistani national, had reported to the police that three armed men robbed his shop, while another waited outside in a car.

Brig. Masood Al-Adwani, director of Jeddah’s police department, found that similar robberies had taken place in other parts of the city and put a team of detectives on the case.

The police got a breakthrough in the case when one father reported that his son was involved in various criminal activities. The police arrested him and he then confessed and provided information on his accomplices.

The police officers then set up a sting operation and arrested three of the gang members driving in a rented car, with gloves, masks and guns found in their possession. They later found the fourth student.

Col. Ati Al-Qurashi, spokesman of Makkah police, said Jeddah police had launched the action after receiving reports of a string of armed robberies. The four students were aged between 17 and 22.

“The primary evidence pointed to the involvement of an Arab national who rented cars under his name for the other criminals to use. All the accused persons were referred to the competent authorities for further procedures,” said Al-Qurashi.


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