The South and Rayyan Security Departments jointly arrested a gang that specialised in the theft of copper and aluminium cables from project sites and houses under construction, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said Sunday.
The departments received reports about the theft of the cables from several areas in the country, and accordingly a special team was formed to search and investigate places that deal with stolen items.
The copper and aluminium cables were stolen from sites that had no guard present on the spot.
Following an intensive search and investigation, a number of accused were caught while carrying out robberies. During interrogation, one of them confessed and guided the investigation team to a garage in the Industrial Area where they had sold the stolen items, the MoI said in a press statement.
Big quantities of copper cables, aluminium wires, iron and scrap were seized
After obtaining the necessary permits from the Public Prosecution, 25 people of different nationalities were arrested while carrying out sale and purchase without the permission of the competent authorities in the State, the ministry added.
The accused were referred to specialised judicial bodies and big quantities of copper cables, aluminium wires, iron and scrap, in addition to other items as well as cars used to transport the stolen goods, were seized.
The authorities concerned have urged the owners of under-construction buildings to properly secure their sites.
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