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Man arrested for staging JD25,000 robbery

By Rana Husseini - Feb 06,2013 - Last updated at Feb 06,2013

AMMAN — Police on Wednesday arrested a company employee who staged a robbery to steal JD25,000 in Irbid Governorate, 80km north of the capital.

The suspect, who was not identified by officials, phoned the police on Wednesday and claimed that he was attacked by two men while transporting JD25,000 in cash from a currency exchange to his company, Public Security Department (PSD) Spokesperson Lt. Col. Mohammad Khatib said.

“The suspect claimed that he cashed a JD25,000 wire transfer that belonged to his company at a currency exchange shop in Irbid and when he got into his vehicle he was surprised by two men pointing a gun at him,” Khatib said.

The two men, according to the employee, forced him to drive to a deserted area where they reportedly tied him up and took off with the cash and his vehicle, according to Khatib.

But investigators, who rushed to the location described by the employee, became suspicious because of “the way the rope was tied around his hands” and he became a suspect in the case.

“Investigators did not believe his story and felt that he had staged the robbery, so they questioned him,” the PSD spokesperson said.

“The man confessed to staging the whole incident and showed the police where he hid his vehicle and the money,” Khatib added.

The suspect was referred to the criminal prosecutor for further questioning, according to Khatib.

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