SHARJAH // Three people on visit visas who are suspected of robbing hitch-hikers have been arrested in Sharjah.
Police say the three African men have been stealing from hitch-hikers in the central region of Sharjah after offering them free rides to their destinations.
After picking up a victim, they would drive to an isolated area, where one of the men would fool the victim by implying that he had lost his wallet containing a large sum of money. The other suspects would then ask the victim to inspect his wallet before stealing some of the money in it, police said.
They then let the hitch-hiker out of the car and speed away.
Sharjah Police said the men stole Dh26,000 from one victims. Another hitch-hiker had Dh9,400 stolen from him, while other victims reported smaller amounts of money stolen.
Police tracked the men down and arrested them.
Col Ahmad bin Darwish, director of Sharjah Police in the central region, said the suspects had entered the country several times before.
“They rented cars and carried [out] their crimes in different emirates. During a line-up the victims identified the men,” he said.
During questioning, the men confessed to carrying out the crimes in Sharjah and neighbouring emirates, police said.
They were referred to prosecutors to face trial.
“We urge residents to use public transport like buses and taxis and refrain from using illegal transport methods, or getting into cars with unknown people,” Col bin Darwish said.