| 19 April 2024, Friday |

ISF thwarts attempt to smuggle stolen amount of $50,000

A woman suspected of stealing $50,000 from her employer’s house in Achrafieh and who had disappeared following the robbery has been arrested, the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces (ISF) – Public Relations Division said on Tuesday.

The ISF communique said the theft took place on March 17 but following intensive inquiries and investigations, the division managed to determine the woman’s whereabouts in the northern city of Tripoli.

The 33-year-old suspect, of Cameroon nationality, identified by her initials as A. Y., was arrested in Tripoli on March 27, the communique said, noting that the amount of $4,246 and more than six million Lebanese pounds were caught in her possession.

During inspections, the ISF also found a new cellphone and three financial transfers to Cameroon, each one worth $2,000.

During interrogation, the woman confessed to having committed robbery, and said she placed part of the stolen sum inside an apartment she had leased in Bouar region and handed over $12,700 to two Cameroon citizens identified as follows:

– F. S. (born in 1995 and residing in Bourj Hammoud)

– S. K. (born in 1982 and residing in Nabaa)

On the same day of the interrogation, ISF patrols raided the two women’s whereabouts, arrested them and caught $3,120 in their possession. The sum of $21,461 was also found in the Bouar flat.

The two confessed to having received money from A. Y. and transferred part of it to their families in Cameroon.

The ISF managed to recover three financial transfers worth $6,000 before being wired to Cameroon, the communique said, adding that the seized money was returned to the plaintiff.