Watch: Dubai Police arrest jewellery heist suspects moments before flight takes off

Suspects try to dodge authorities using eyeglasses and wigs


Sahim Salim

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Published: Wed 27 Jul 2022, 3:26 PM

Last updated: Wed 27 Jul 2022, 9:49 PM

A thorough investigation and smart sleuthing have helped the Dubai Police arrest two suspects of a jewellery store heist. The suspects of European origin were arrested from their flight moments before it took off.

The police effected the arrests within 12 hours of receiving a report from the store management that expensive jewellery had been stolen.

The police have released a video of the operation codenamed ‘tracker’. With the help of the force’s CCTV cameras, the investigating team tracked the suspects from the moment they arrived in the UAE till they reached the departure gate after committing the crime:

CCTV footages showed the suspects committing the theft with their faces hidden by masks. They also wore hats in a bid to hide their identity. The footages also showed the suspects use simple tools to break into the store display and steal the jewellery.

On searching the suspects’ hotel room, the police recovered a piece of paper that detailed the crime and modus operandi.

Tracking the suspects’ movements

According to the video released by the police, the suspects are seen arriving at the airport, and heading to their hotel. They then change their clothes and leave the hotel.

They walk for 6km to an under-construction site:

They change their appearance by wearing wigs, eyeglasses and hats and walk for another 3km. For the next six hours, they change vehicles 10 times in a bid to mislead the police:

They are then seen walking into a hotel to throw the police off their scent. After waiting in the lounge for a while, they head to the crime scene.

At the store, the suspects walk to a display containing jewellery. While one keeps a lookout, the other breaks open the lock. Both walk away, before one returns, opens the door and steals the jewellery:

They then flee the crime scene, go back to the construction site, change and dispose of the clothes they wore during the heist. The police recovered the clothes from a bin:

The suspects head back to the hotel, collect their belongings and head to the airport. The police nab them from their flight and recover the stolen jewellery from one of their bags.

The police also seize crime tools in their possession.


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