Sharjah: Three men involved in attempting to rob an armoured security truck and injured three employees in Al Nahda area have been arrested by Sharjah Police.
The gang members, all African, ran away after attacking the three employees of the vehicle who were transferring money in boxes from the vehicle parked in front of an outlet, police said on Wednesday.
The suspects had been monitoring the vehicle before the attack, police said.
The suspects managed to get one box of money out of the vehicle but they failed to carry it due to its heavy weight.
The employees resisted and managed to foil the attack. The suspects attacked the employees with a knife and then ran away before the employees called the police.
The three employees — Indian N.M, 31, Pakistani O.A., 26, and Kenyan A.K., 29 — sustained injuries and were taken to Al Kuwaiti Hospital for treatment. Two of them were discharged while the Indian employee was admitted to the hospital due to his condition.
A complaint was logged at the police operations room around 9.30pm on April 12.
Police formed a team to track down the suspects. Police suspected one of the attackers and arrested him. He confessed to his role in the crime and told police about his two partners.
The police team managed to find the whereabouts of the other two suspects and arrested them.
Colonel Ebrahim Al Ajel, director of the Criminal and Investigation Department at Sharjah Police, warned bank and exchange owners to be on alert while transporting cash from vehicles to the premises and report any suspicious people waiting in the area. He urged money exchange houses to install more surveillance cameras.
He also urged companies to be careful when transporting money to remote areas and urged them to do so during daytime.
The public can reach police on 999, toll-free number Najeed 800151, 065 632 222, via SMS 7999 or e-mail www.shjpolice.gov.ae/najeed if they want to report any suspicious persons.