Foreign gang, who flew to Dubai for $5.5m villa robbery, jailed


Foreign gang, who flew to Dubai for $5.5m villa robbery, jailed

Dubai - They planned the robbery in their home country.


Marie Nammour

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Published: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 6:41 PM

Last updated: Wed 26 Jun 2019, 8:49 PM

Three men - who came to UAE on visit visas and carried out a daring $5.5-million robbery at a villa belonging to a British couple in Dubai - have each been sentenced to two years in jail by the Dubai Court of First Instance.
Dubai prosecutors accused the three Chilean nationals, aged between 27 and 31, of targeting the villa on February 25 this year at a time when the residents were away.
The court ordered that the three defendants be deported after completing their jail terms.
A police corporal said he questioned the thieves. "They admitted they had planned the heist in their home country. The trio arrived few days before the robbery and stayed in Deira. They robbed the villa in the Emirates Hills after keeping a watch over it for some time."
A complaint was lodged at Al Barsha police station.
The 66-year-old complainant, a British businessman, said that one of his domestic workers discovered the theft at 8:45pm on February 25. The thieves got away with 14 watches, worth $1.5 million, belonging to my wife, he added. "They also stole my wife's diamond and gold jewellery worth $4 million in addition to my watch worth $50,000, handbags worth $15,000, and three sunglasses worth $6,000. I also lost jewellery pieces worth $14,000 and other valuables."
In his deposition before the public prosecution investigator, the businessman said that the thieves also escaped with large amounts of money of different currencies.
Apart from the robbery charge, the trio was accused of damaging private property. They damaged the villa window lock, a closet door and broke a safe.

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