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(Sabah Newspaper, 3 January 2012)
In Istanbul, police tracked S.Ş. and E.E. who rented a luxury vehicle the
day before yesterday and cruised around, robbing 15 different stores by
cutting open the front doors with a sharp tool. The thieves escaped each
time the police got close but their vehicle's gas ran out near Beyoğlu.
When they went to a gas station to fill up the suspects noticed the police
surveilling them and fled. The car was then tracked by teams from the
Şişli and Beyoğlu District Security Directorate.
As the vehicle entered Hacı Hüsrev neighborhood from the wrong
direction police were right behind it and the suspects were trapped after
a 20-minute chase. The two robbers were taken out of the vehicle,
spread out on the ground and taken into custody. Neighborhood
residents watched from their windows, trying to figure out what was
The suspects were brought to the Kasımpaşa Police Center where one
of them told reporters 'Are we terrorists?' while the other one
shouted 'everyone will know me!' After an investigation it was
determined that both of the robbers have long records. A search of
the vehicle turned up nothing, however.