Four visitors break into Dubai villa, steal watches worth Dh60,000

Four visitors break into Dubai villa, steal watches worth Dh60,000

Dubai - The four men, all on visit visas, used a hammer to break the locks of the villa.



by

Marie Nammour

Published: Mon 4 Mar 2019, 2:27 PM

Last updated: Mon 4 Mar 2019, 4:47 PM

Four men stood on trial on Monday at a Dubai court for allegedly breaking into a villa and stealing five watches worth Dh60,000.
According to public prosecution records, the four Chinese men, all on visit visas, used a hammer to break the locks of the villa that belonged to a German resident in Al Barsha.
During the robbery that took place on December 19 last year, the accused also broke a glass door, causing Dh2,300 damage.
Prosecutors referred to the four men as gang members when they charged them with forcible robbery, trespass and damage of private property at the Dubai Court of First Instance. The complainant, a 34-year-old general manager, said he came back to the villa at 7pm after work. "I tried in vain to turn the lights on. I heard something falling down. With the flashlight of my mobile phone, I saw the door glass was broken."
He checked around and then went to his bedroom.
"My closet was open and in a mess. My five watches, worth Dh60,000, were missing.
They were on display on a table near my bed," he recounted during investigation.
He sought the help of his neighbour and called the police. "I think the thieves cut the power off on purpose and it was then dark. They broke the villa's back door."
A police lieutenant said they received the robbery report at 8.30pm. Considering the multiple robbery incidents at that period of time, with the same modus operandi, the Dubai Police coordinated and exchanged information with the police in other emirates.
"We found out that the perpetrators were Chinese. We circulated their descriptions to all the CID patrols and tracked the accused down to Al Warsan.
"The police apprehended the defendants after being informed that they were involved in the present robbery and other similar complaints, around 8.30pm on December 29, last year.
The four men will be sentenced on March 18.
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