In a very rare incident four Sri Lankan men were arrested at Fish Market while attempting to steal the wallet of a shopper.
According to Arabic daily Arrayah, The gang of four men used to rob wallets of shoppers in central market and other public places.
The incident came to notice to concerned authorities when people filled complaints at the security department about their wallets stolen from public places.
Modus operandi of gang was that one person from gang used to divert the attention of the victim, the other would steal the wallet from his pocket while the third one carried and fled from the scene with it.
Qatari law defines a thief as someone who illegally takes money owned by others. The law stipulates long jail terms ranging from temporary imprisonment to a life sentence for an individual convicted of robbery.
Accordingly, police tightened the monitoring efforts at such places to spot the culprits. One day, one of the defendants was arrested at the Fish Market while attempting to steal the wallet of a shopper as another person saw him and grabbed him from the back.
During interrogation, he admitted attempting to steal and told the authorities about his partners in the crime. He also admitted that he stole a number of wallets, which contained money ranging from QR120 to QR8, 100. Upon searching their accommodation, a number of the stolen items were also found.
Yesterday Doha Court has convicted the pickpockets and four Sri Lankan men have been sentenced to one year in jail and will be deported upon serving sentence.
Jail terms are defined in the light of the circumstances surrounding each individual crime, its place, and time as well as the number of people involved. The courts can take whatever ruling they see fit in the light of Penal Code No. 11/2004.