Armed robbers disguised in face masks depicting football star Mohamed Salah were arrested by Egyptian security forces, according to local media reports.

A security patrol noticed an attempted robbery by the four masked men underway in the Madinat Nasr area in the capital Cairo. They were immediately arrested and had firearms and bolt cutters in their possession, according to the reports.

Following their arrest, they confessed to forming a gang that specializes in shoplifting by cutting locks and bolts.

This is the first time Mo Salah masks are used for something such as a theft. Salah has become an idol for Egyptians through his football career in addition to his charity work.