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Oman police arrest arms thief

Four held with forged medical certificates in Muscat

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Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) arrested an Omani suspect for stealing traditional Omani rifles from a gun shop in Azaiba suburb of Muscat. “The accused has confessed to his crime and police sleuths recovered seven stolen rifles from his house in Jaalan Bani Bu Ali, about 230-km east of Muscat,” a spokesman for the ROP’s Public Relations Department said.

Meanwhile alert Health Ministry officials busted a fake medical certificate racket by informing the ROP. “We were informed by the Department of Infectious Disease at the ministry that some expatriates had submitted forged medical certificate,” the spokesman added. The police investigations led them to four Asian expatriates from Hamriya area in Muscat. “The accused have confessed to their crime of using forged stamps in the medical certificates submitted to the Health Ministry,” he said. The four were handed over to the Public Prosecution for a court case.

In another incident, the police arrested a habitual offender for stealing a car and trying to sell spare parts to an expatriate in Al Hail area of Muscat. “The suspect has had history of stealing vehicles, dismantling parts and selling them in scrap market,” he said. The police at the Muscat International Airport caught a 26-year-old Asian passenger after scanning found 100 capsules, filled with heroin, in his stomach. He was taken to the ROP Hospital to take the swallowed narcotics out of his system before being placed under arrest.