Professional thieves using anesthetic before robbing victims [Archives:2004/737/Local News]

May 13 2004

A gang of professional thieves and conmen continue to thrive in Taiz city because of the fertile susceptibility of many citizens to the various schemes of the gang. Amongst others, they lure the victim into having a drink with an anesthetic drug in it.
The gang carefully selects its potential clients who either come out from a bank, an exchange office or a jewelry store. A member of the gang would claim to be an old acquaintance of the victim or to a member of his family, depending on the situation, before luring the victim to join him for a drink with anesthetic in it.
Incidents have taken place in Taiz, in which victims would wake up with only an empty pocket or with the just the receipt for jewelry he had earlier purchased.