Saudi security forces arrested on Saturday the man who robbed a Gulf Bank branch in Hawalli, Kuwait, dressed in a abaya (a black cloak or dress) and using toy gun.
According to local newspapers, Kuwait’s Criminal Investigation Division arrested the perpetrator on Saturday evening, where the full stolen amount was found in his possession. They added that the search for the toy gun used in the crime is still ongoing.
A security source told the al-Jarida newspaper that a special team from the Hawalli Department of Investigation had been monitoring the perpetrator’s movements by using photographs taken by surveillance cameras at the bank. They said that although the man, a Jordanian in his 30s, was wearing a niqab and abaya, investigators used their sources to find the identity of the man, afterwhich they raided on of his cousins’ apartments where he was hiding.
The security source added that the man confessed to the crime and told the officers where to find the stolen money, which he hid in his apartment. The robber said that he had been planning the robbery for about a week, and was observing the bank throughout that time. He said he chose a day where the bank was not busy, and had bought the abaya from a local market in al-Naqra.
The man added that he ran away after committing the crime by foot into a residential area where he threw the toy gun away, and then took a taxi home.
The robber had demanded the bank teller to hand over the money and threatened to fire his weapon and blow himself up otherwise. He escaped with nearly $15,000 (4,500 Kuwaiti dinars).