Bid to steal Dh334,800 diamonds foiled in city

DUBAI - Dubai Police have foiled an attempt by a shipping service company employee to steal diamonds worth $93,000 (Dh334,800).

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Published: Wed 11 Aug 2004, 9:51 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:13 PM

The arrest followed intensive investigation by the police who had a very short period of time to trace the suspect and recover the missing precious stones.

"The Ports and Airports Security Division, in cooperation with the Airport Police, have succeeded in aborting this attempt," announced Lieutenant-Colonel Humaid Mohammed Al Ansari, Director of Criminal Records at the Airport Police.

The arrest of S.J., an Asian expatriate, followed coordinated efforts involving police, CID and security officials at an international cargo and shipping company, to find out how the diamonds disappeared from a package containing a selection of diamonds.

The official said that the owner of the diamonds lodged a complaint with police saying the diamonds were not in the package that he received when he opened it.

Information was gathered and all potential scenarios were scrutinised. Among these scenarios is the assumption that the owner of the diamonds made an allegation in order to claim insurance.

But investigations showed that the complainant did not insure the shipment!

At that point, investigations centred on employees in the company.

In cooperation with security officials at the company, a probe revealed that the tracking system used by the company to follow up any shipment through codes shows the name of the recipient and the date and place of delivery.

Lt-Col Ansari said the probe showed that S.J. had received the package and took the diamonds. He later handed over the package to the complainant with the same code and serial number, matching all computer records, assuming that he would run away with the crime.

Suspicions revolved around S.J. because he delivered the package from the central package distribution centre in the company.

During interrogation, he confessed to the charge. The diamonds were found in his possession.

The case has been referred to the public prosecutor's office for charges to be officially filed against him.

Police lauded the level of cooperation with private firms in enhancing security.

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