Duty free thieves arrested

Filed on August 21, 2010

DUBAI The Department of Criminal Investigation arrested an Armenian gang of two women and a man who stole from duty free shops at airports in several countries.

A woman-like walk by a suspect gave the criminals’ away and opened them to monitoring by the police. The modus operandi of the gang was to steal jewels from duty free shops and fly out.

Police tracked the suspects and surveillance cameras showed a man who walked like a woman. He was seen walking into a shop and writing his name on a draw coupon after stealing jewels from a shop. The police checked the coupons and found all the passengers were residents except the suspect. The group was seen flying in and out of several GCC countries and the arrests were made last Friday.

Major Ahmed Al Merri, Director of Criminal Investigation, said, the police received a complaint that they found jewellery worth Dh300,000 missing from the shop.

He said, the thieves had tricked an employee by pretending not to know each other and diverted his attention when he showed them a large collection. The gang members confessed they stole from duty free at airports and left on flights to other Gulf countries, only to return to Dubai.

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