Two separate burglary rings targeting people’s homes in Qatar have been foiled by local law enforcement officials.
In the most recent case, four women were charged with theft following several reports of gold jewelry being stolen from residential flats, according to the Ministry of Interior (MOI).
The thieves gained entry to the homes by breaking the door locks, the ministry said in a statement.
An investigation led police to a “gang” of women who were arrested while trying to hide a “huge amount” of stolen jewelry, which the MOI seized.
A photo released by authorities showed a table filled with rings, earrings, bracelets necklaces and pendants, as well as wads of US dollars and Qatari riyals.
The MOI said one suspect was in possession of a “large amount” of different currencies.
In a separate case, three men were recently sentenced to a year in jail for theft after apparently being tracked down by one of their victims.
Reporting from the courtroom, Al Raya stated that the convicted individuals targeted properties in the neighborhood in which they lived.
Once they were sure that there was no one home, they’d scale the wall of the property and steal vehicle tires and rims, the court reportedly heard.
The men were eventually caught when one of the victims visited several tire shops in the area and located his stolen property, the newspaper said, adding that the garage owner provided a detailed description of the man who sold him the tires and rims.
The suspect was later named in several previous thefts in the same neighborhood.
While Qatar’s rising population has brought about an increase in crime, the country still remains relatively safe and secure.
The Overseas Security Advisory Council, a private advisory council for US companies operating overseas, said the local burglary rate is 25 incidents per 100,000 residents. By comparison, the global rate is 100 per 100,000 inhabitants.
The council says that while the embassy receives occasional reports of thieves breaking into villas on private residential compounds, such incidents remain relatively uncommon.
The highest rates of crime in Qatar, the council reports, is in the country’s housing camps for blue-collar workers.