Interpol helps track down car theft ring that stole cars in the United States and shipped cars to Sharjah UAE. August 19th, 2008.
An international gang of car thieves involved in shipping stolen vehicles to the UAE from the United States has been busted by police. The gang is believed to have stolen cars across the US and then had them shipped to the UAE where they were to be sold on to unsuspecting customers. Gang members were filing down the original serial numbers and then changing them to a legitimate number. Sharjah Police arrested three members of the team last week and also a mechanic involved in erasing the real chassis and serial numbers.
Interpol is on the lookout for the other members of the gang who were believed to be operating from inside the United States. “This is the first time we have come across such a case, We have tipped off Interpol regarding the incident and are trying to stop such crimes taking place in the Emirate,” a spokesman for Sharjah Police said yesterday.
NOT HARDLY THE FIRST TIME, I HAVE BEEN AWARE OF THIS SITUATION SINCE JUNE OF 2002, STOLEN CARS OUT OF TAMPA FL TO DUBAI, SEE ARTICLE "CONFESSIONS OF A FEDERAL CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT, STOLEN CARS FROM TAMPA TO DUBAI IN SUPPORT OF TERRORISM".
“They were trying to change the chassis numbers so that no one would know when they sold the vehicles. But they were not successful in their attempts as we caught them and referred them to public prosecution for trial.”All the suspects are originally from Pakistan.
Sharjah: The Ministry of Interior is coordinating with Interpol to track down an organised network that steals cars from the US and brings them into the country.
The existence of the organised network operating in the country came to light after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Sharjah police received information about two Mercedes S550 and SL550, both 2007 models, that were suspected of being stolen from the United States and shipped into the country (stolen to order again).
Police set up search teams after verifying the information and came across two Pakistanis who had approached the vehicle testing section in Sharjah with modified chassis numbers.
Sharjah police arrested the Pakistanis (same group as in 2006, nothing changes). Police discovered documents and other papers that were issued by a shop selling spare parts. The shop is based in the UAE and is believed to be involved in bringing stolen cars into the country, in order to sell them. Accomplice; Further investigation led the police to a third car, a BMW that was also stolen and parked in a car showroom in Abu Shagara.
The two Pakistani suspects confessed to having changed the chassis number in an aluminium workshop that was owned by a Pakistani. They told the police the plan was to ship in more stolen cars with the help of their accomplice in the US, especially if they succeeded at selling the three stolen cars. Both men have been referred to court.
I have written extensively on how stolen vehicles in the USA are shipped to Port of Dubai and resold and/or re-exported to Iraq, Iran and elsewhere in support of terrorism. There is an International stolen car racket funding terrorism and the amount of money involved is staggering,
See Also; U.S.-Based Stolen Car Rings Fund, Supply Terrorists ;
DUBAI USED CAR RACKET RUN BY PAKISTANI BUSINESSMEN article that I posted in 2006, nothing changes, some arrests are made along the way but it keeps on keeping on, non stop, anybody stupid enough to talk about or give evidense on the UAE stolen car racket usually ends up dead!