Robbing people is no child’s play, surely.
To do that using a children’s toy takes some audacity. That is what a smart cookie did in Sharjah and many people lost their money and mobile phones to the suspect who terrified them at “gunpoint”.
When the police finally caught up with the Pakistani suspect, the weapon turned out to be a plastic gun bought from a shop selling children’s toys.
A top officer of the Criminal Investigation Department said they received complaints from several residents about a man who attacked them with a gun and asked them to hand over all their cash and mobile phones.
“Some of the victims were attacked when they stopped their vehicles as they were talking on mobile phones, while others were attacked walking in isolated areas,” he said. After gathering all details, the police formed a team of investigators who identified the man as A.R. and arrested him.
The police seized five mobile phones, about which their owners had filed complaints, from him. The cops also found out that he was using a black plastic gun, bought from one of the toy shops.
The suspect confessed to robbing people and he has been referred to the Public Prosecution.
A police spokesman urged residents not to carry large amounts of money on them or in their vehicles, and always report each theft even if the stolen amount is small.