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Nearly 1,700 cars stolen in Saudi cities in one month

As many as 749 cars were stolen in Riyadh but none of them were found so far

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About 1,700 passenger cars were stolen from various regions of Saudi Arabia in December 2014, Al-Madinah newspaper reported on Monday, quoting official statistics released by the Ministry of Interior.

According to the ministry, only 348 cars were found and handed back to their owners. As many as 749 cars were stolen in Riyadh but none of them were found so far.

Makkah came second with 420 stolen cars, of which 150 cars were found. In the Eastern Province, 133 cars were stolen during the month, of which only 11 were found.

Out of 105 cars stolen in Madinah, 50 were restored to their owners while 27 cars were found in Jazan, where about 100 cars were reported stolen.

In Tabuk, 80 cars were stolen, of which 69 were found while Asir lost 41 cars to thieves, of which only nine were found.

Qassim residents lost 19 cars but the police were able to regain 15 of them while in Al-Baha seven cars were found out of 12 stolen vehicles.

In the Northern Border Province, seven cars were stolen and three regained. Hail lost five cars and two of them were found while in Al-Jouf a balance was struck when all the five stolen cars were found.

In Najran, two cars reported stolen and were still missing. The ministry did not reveal where the stolen cars were located or what happened to the thieves.