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Thief who stole $10 mln in valuables arrested in Beirut

This handout picture shows stolen items retrieved by the Lebanese police, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. (The Daily Star/ISF, HO)

BEIRUT: Police have arrested a thief who stole $10 million in valuables from safes across Lebanon.

A statement released Tuesday by the Internal Security Forces said judicial police in Beirut’s southern suburb managed to apprehend a 48-year-old Syrian national who was identified by his initials M.D.

It said a quantity of looted items – jewelry, precious stones, precious watches, antiques, cell phones, pistols and cash – were confiscated from the burglar. They were estimated at $10 million.

“Under interrogation, he confessed that he heads a gang of robbers that has stolen 24 safes from homes and commercial enterprises,” the police statement added.

It said police were in pursuit of the other gang members.

M.D. was referred to relevant judicial authorities and the stolen items were returned to their owners, ISF said.





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