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Video: Dubai visitors steal Dh20 million worth of jewellery from expat's villa, caught in 48 hours

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on February 20, 2020 | Last updated on February 20, 2020 at 06.41 am
jewellery robbery, dubai, Dh20 million jewels

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Police team lauded for identifying the suspects in record time despite the lack of evidence at the crime scene.

Less than 48 hours after receiving an SOS, the Dubai Police managed to recover Dh20 million worth of jewellery, which was stolen from a European investor's villa at Emirates Hills. The gang of burglars was arrested.

Maj-Gen expert Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs, praised officers of the General Department of Criminal Investigation at the Dubai Police for identifying the suspects despite the lack of evidence in the crime scene.

"Just 48 hours after receiving the emergency call, the gang members were arrested and the jewellery was recovered. It was a great effort by our officers," Major General Al Mansoori said.
The investor reported to the police that his wife had just woken up when she realised that their safe had been opened and completely emptied of all their diamonds, gold, and expensive watches.

Colonel Adel Al Joker said: "A team of officers and investigators was formed to get to the bottom of the incident. However, the place was cleared of any evidence as the crime was committed by professional burglars."

Probe and arrest

A thorough investigation led to the identification of one of the suspects who is a repeat offender of burglary. He was tracked down, and his accomplice was also located, the officer said.

"The duo had been contacting potential buyers who turned out to be illegal dealers of stolen possessions. They also had a female accomplice  who was in charge of smuggling the stolen items outside the country," Col Al Joker added.

"Dubai police officers raided the thieves' hideouts, foiling their plans to flee the country."
Brigadier Al Jallaf said the all five gang members, four men and a woman, were Asian nationals and had entered the country on visit visas.


Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, said negligence was revealed as the main reason behind the crime.

The victim appeared to have failed to secure his residence against theft.

Brig Al Jallaf indicated that, despite all awareness campaigns, some people still opt to ignore warnings.

He urged the public to take additional security measures when keeping valuables at home.

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