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Young Emirati foils ATM theft attempt in Al Ain

After a vehicle chase, robbers threw machine onto the road and escaped into the desert

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 16:22 January 6, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Courtesy Abdullah Alsyari
  • 22-year-old Emirati Abdullah Awadh Alsyari chased robbers, who stole an ATM and forced them to threw it in the road and run away early Thursday.
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Dubai: A daring car chase by a young Emirati foiled an attempt by robbers to steal and drive away with an ATM (automated teller machine) from a branch of the Abu Dhabi National Bank in Al Ain on Wednesday night.

Abdullah Awad Alsyari, a 22-year-old Emirati in Al Ain, said he saw the burglars load an ATM machine onto their SUV (sports utility vehicle). The sight made him suspicious as it was late at night.

A government employee, Alsayari challenged the robbers but they sped away. He chased them through a residential area but stopped when the robbers threw the ATM out of their vehicle, went off road and disappeared into the desert.

Alsyari told Gulf News that he was very glad to foil this robbery attempt although he knew it was dangerous.

“I am so glad that the robbers threw the ATM out,” Alsyari said. “I was out at the time of the incident to finish some personal work at around 4am and suddenly saw the robbers’ car. Initially, I thought they wanted to rob our neighbour’s house but when I approached them, I was shocked to see a group of masked men inside the SUV. They tied an iron cable around the ATM and pulled it to their car.”

Robbers spoke in Arabic

“It was too dark and I could not note down their vehicle registration number. But when I approached their car, they told me to go away in Arabic.”

“As they were trying to escape, I rammed my car into their vehicle but they sped away. I chased them for about five minutes through the city roads… then, they threw the ATM onto the road and entered a sandy area... I stopped because it was too dark and I could not enter that area… I informed the police about the incident and they came to the scene within minutes.”

A spokesperson from the bank confirmed the incident but refused to give more details. It remains unclear how much money the ATM contained at the time of the burglary.

Police are on the lookout for the robbers.

Comments (30)

  1. Added 17:10 January 7, 2013

    Bravo Abdullah! We need more people like you on this earth.

    xxxxxx, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 17:05 January 7, 2013

    Barve young man. Hats of to you. He deserve a national award. God bless you and be safe always

    Zulfiqar, Ajman, India

  3. Added 17:05 January 7, 2013


    rafiq, manila, India

  4. Added 16:57 January 7, 2013


    AFTAB, DASISLAND, Pakistan

  5. Added 16:53 January 7, 2013

    Well done young man, we all are proud of you. You are a role model for responsible citizens

    Rahul Joshi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:43 January 7, 2013

    Well done, you are example for every citizen here in UAE. God bless you

    Alam Zeb Afridi, Abu Dhabi, Pakistan

  7. Added 16:32 January 7, 2013

    Great work. Brave young boy and this is how we should act against crime and criminals, not just be silent observers. Hats off to you!!

    Mohammad Asif, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:29 January 7, 2013

    People like this guy are rare nowadays. hats off to you. Jazakallah

    M. Asif, Lahore, Pakistan

  9. Added 14:45 January 7, 2013

    Hats off to our courageous brother, Allah bless him.

    Tahir Zaidi, Dubai, Pakistan

  10. Added 14:08 January 7, 2013

    Young age out at 4am is not recommended. Also, following the gang is not recommended. He should notify authorities first then watch from far to avoid getting hurt. It happened, it is done with, Jazak Allah Khair. But the authorities should respond by giving us an awareness on how to act in this sistuations. May Allah protect the UAE.

    Babo, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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