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Four men charged with stealing QR1.2m from money exchange truck

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Lower criminal court in Doha
Lower criminal court in Doha

Four Pakistani men in Qatar are being charged with robbery after crashing into a money exchange truck in the Industrial Area and stealing QR1.2 million from it.

The men, who appeared in court last week, have pleaded not guilty to the crime, which occurred in January.

Court documents state that two of the men are 38 years old; one is 41 and the fourth is 25 years old.

They are all currently in police custody.

What happened

According to Arabic media reports, the truck had been leaving an exchange when the men stopped it and removed a bagful of money from the backseat.

As the robbers left the scene in their own vehicle, a witness noted down the license plate number and called the police, Al Raya states.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

It turned out the plate was stolen, but CCTV footage from the exchange company helped the police identify the car and eventually track it down.

Officers then found that the owner of the vehicle was the first defendant.

He was getting ready to fly out of Qatar when he was arrested at the airport, and found to be in possession of QR44,900 in cash.

Confession

After his arrest, he apparently confessed to the crime and told police about his co-conspirators.

According to Al Sharq, the driver of the exchange vehicle identified the defendants at the police station as the men who robbed him.

It also reported that police found some QR250,000 in the first defendant’s home.

Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

The man had already allegedly wired another QR100,000 to Pakistan by having acquaintances send the money through four transfers.

The rest of defendants were all found to have QR250,000 to QR270,000 in cash in their homes or in their possession.

They are being appointed an attorney by the court and their next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 12.

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