The largest crime busting operations in Riyadh police history.
A 42 member gang of auto thieves were taken into custody after authorities made several raids in different cities of Saudi Arabia. The majority of those caught were Saudis. The origins of the organized crime syndicate were probed into following many complaints regarding stolen vehicles, especially SUVs and latest model cars.
The Riyadh Governor, Prince Salman ordered the investigation which was successful in meeting its target of busting the gang. Except for an Egyptian and a Syrian all the gang members were Saudis. Gang members were experts in nabbing cars from workshops and painting/washing centers. They faked the registration documents and often reassembled the cars thereby evading security measures taken by the police.
Besides the vehicles recovered many had been already sold by the gang and a large number had undergone alterations. Those left intact were returned to their rightful owners by the authorities, who are currently making further inquiries into this recent breach of law.