Three Pakistanis on trial for Sharjah heist

Three Pakistanis on trial for Sharjah heist
A customer tries on gold bangles inside a Lukfook Jewellery store, operated by Luk Fook Holdings International Ltd., in Macau, China, on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Macau is scheduled to release gross domestic product (GDP) figures on Aug. 29. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

By Amira Agarib

Published: Tue 6 Sep 2016, 6:44 PM

Three Pakistanis stood trial yesterday for robbing the Malabar Gold and Diamonds showroom in Al Rolla, Sharjah.
According to the Sharjah Prosecution sheet, the thieves stole 7 kg of gold and 17 pieces of diamond jewellery worth Dh 1.5 million. The three came to the UAE on visit visas, while a fourth suspect who fled the country was on a residence visa. The crime took place on Friday, May 23 at 3:53 AM.
When the robbers broke into the shop to steal items displayed on the counters, an alarm alerted police officers, who arrived at the scene in five minutes. When they arrived they found the front shutter closed and they contacted the owner, who arrived in 30 minutes and discovered that all the gold on display had been stolen.
After analyzing CCTV footage, police managed to identify the suspect with a residence visa. He denied the charges after he was initially detained, but later informed on another suspect, who was arrested in coordination with Dubai Police.
The second suspect revealed that the gold was with a Dubai-based cargo company and would be shipped to Pakistan within hours. Police raided the company and discovered the gold and diamonds in containers of men's clothing, which was to be loaded on a cargo flight to Pakistan. Police arrested the third suspect, who said that the fourth one - who appeared in the footage and entered the country on a visit visa four days before the crime - had left for Pakistan a few hours after the theft.
The thieves told police that the entire robbery took only three minutes. They added that they surveyed several other gold shops in the area, and decided to steal from the shop after The UAE - which has an extradition treaty with Pakistan - has contacted Interpol to hand over the fourth suspect to be placed on trial.
At the hearing, the three suspects looked visibly angry and showed signs of praying. The case has been adjourned to September 25.

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