Muscat: The police have arrested eight people from different parts of Muscat for vandalising vehicles and stealing valuables, according to a Royal Oman Police (ROP) press release on Tuesday.
“Since the arrests of these people the number of cases of breaking in has drastically come down,” said Lt Col Ahmad Bin Ali Al Rowas, Director- General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations Department.
“We have had a series of complaints in the recent past about vehicles being broken into and valuables like laptops, mobile phones or even cash stolen,” he said, urging residents not to leave valuables in cars even for a brief period.
Some of the accused were earlier convicted of committing similar crimes and two of them were drugs addicts.
Lt Col Al Rowas said that ROP personnel, in collaboration with the police stations, have been making efforts to identify the criminals involved in such activities and many have been arrested. The accused have confessed to breaking the windows of cars and stealing cash, mobile phones and laptops.
In another case, the police arrested two miscreants in Ruwi while trying to sell stolen mobile phones.
He also revealed that a special squad was formed to put an end to such crimes.