By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 4 November 2015:
A gang that used a Moroccan girl in a regular scam to seize top-of-the-range cars in . . .[restrict]Tripoli was allegedly caught red-handed today by police in the Ain Zara district.
It is being said that the five member gang began identifying a vehicle and its owner and then having the Moroccan girl befriend the intended victim. The first encounter in this “honey-trap” ended with an exchange of telephone numbers.
At a later date, the luxury car driver was called by the girl who said that she was stuck and asked if she could be given a lift to Ain Zara.
When the victim obliged and drove her to the district, his car was suddenly blocked in a street and armed men wearing army uniforms got out. They typically accused the driver of kidnapping the girl, who of course said that this was what had happened. The driver was ordered out of his vehicle which was then driven off.
Kamal Abu Rawius from Ain Zara police explained to the Libya Herald what had happened yesterday when the gang, made up of four Libyans as well as the Moroccan girl, tried the scam again in broad daylight, around noon.
Even though bystanders tried to intervene, said Rawius, the armed men convinced them that they were with the security forces. But it appears that one member of the public was still concerned.
“ We received a call that there was a problem so we send two cars to check up” said Rawius, “They were almost done but the driver of their car ran away when he saw our men. These officers requested to see the carjackers police identities but of course they didn’t have them”.
Three of the gang and the girl were arrested. “We later questioned them and discovered they had been involved in stealing many cars this way. Two of them are from Ain Zara while the girl and the fourth member are from the Ghot Al-Shaal district”. [/restrict]