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Men pose as CID officers, rob Dh660,000 from Dubai firm

mary@khaleejtimes.com Filed on August 31, 2016 | Last updated on August 31, 2016 at 08.32 am
Men pose as CID officers, rob Dh660,000 from Dubai firm

The accused -- two Emiratis and five Asians -- disconnected the CCTV cameras and made all employees queue up before taking their mobile phones.

Two Emiratis and five Asians (three Indians and two Pakistanis) allegedly robbed Dh659,990 from a general trading company in Naif after they fooled the staff that they were CID officers, the Court of First Instance was told on Tuesday.

The two Emiratis, including a 32-year-old employee and a runaway, and the other men entered the company, located in a flat, posing as cops and screaming they were inspecting the company since they were involved in "illegal business".

"We were on duty at around 12:45 pm when they rang the door bell. They said they were CIDs. One of them disconnected the power of the cameras and then they took the recording out of it and kept it," a 23-year-old Indian employee at the company said.

He added that they were asked to give their phones and then to line up.

"They pushed my colleague as he did not hurry up to open the offices for them. They entered all the offices and took all the cash they could find. They took more than Dh 650,000 from a safe. One of them was talking on a walkie-talkie."

They took some money from the accounting room as well, but the witness could not share the exact amount.

"The Emirati accused asked about the Pakistani owner's name, his address and phone number. He said they wanted to arrest him."

He asked us not to go out or call anyone, claiming the CIDs are surrounding the place. When the owner came shortly later he told us we had just been robbed," the employee added.

The thieves also stole Dh6,800 and five mobile phones.

They were charged with forced robbery and impersonation of police officers.

The police heard from some eyewitnesses that the accused left in a 4WD. "We checked the CCTV and found the car belonged to an Indian man who was out of the UAE," a police sergeant said.

The sergeant added that the defendants were caught on the surveillance cameras coming the day before to the building at the same time. "We identified and tracked the first Emirati accused to the parking lot of a shopping centre. He confessed he committed the robbery and revealed the names of other accomplices. We learnt the second defendant left the country".

The other thieves were arrested at the same centre later and admitted they planned to target the trading company for large amounts of cash they would find there.

The sergeant said the accused admitted to the charges willingly.

And that they split the money and the first accused's collected Dh 300,000. That sum and Dh 15,500 were seized from him. Other amounts were seized from the other accused.

The hearing has been adjourned to September 27.

mary@khaleejtimes.com

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Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit university of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, she worked as an in-house reporter of international affairs at a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for a renowned law college in the Lebanese capital. Speaks fluently four languages and is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and grown by now a rich ‘criminal’ imagination…





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