Crime and Courts

Security guard steals Dh1 million from man in Dubai, arrested in 30 minutes

Marie Nammour /Dubai Filed on July 2, 2020


The complainant told police that he was attacked and robbed of a briefcase containing Dh1 million.

The Dubai Police arrested a security guard in less than half an hour after he was reported for carrying out a robbery.

Al Muraqqabat police station received a robbery incident report around 2.30pm on June 17. An Iranian man (the complainant) told the police that he was attacked and robbed of a briefcase containing Dh1 million.

In his complaint, the man, in his thirties, said that at 2.15pm he was going to meet a PRO, working for a trader, at a tower in Rigga Al Buteen in Al Muraqqabat.

"I own an exposition for clothes, shoes and bags. I had a Dh1.8-million deal with the trader to buy merchandise from him. An amount of Dh800,000 had been paid to him in Turkey."

The complainant said that the PRO had previously gone to his office in Meydan Bani Yas.

"I wanted to deliver an amount of Dh1 million (outstanding amount to settle the deal) to the PRO. There was a friend with me on the day of the incident."

The PRO earlier told the complainant that he would send the security guard to them to lead them into the office where they were to meet.

The complainant recounted to the police that a security guard at the tower claimed to them that he had been assigned to check the money before they could head to the office for completing the deal. "We told him to step inside our car but he would not. As I gave the briefcase to my friend, a compatriot, we were caught by surprise by the guard, an African, (the accused in the case), who snatched the briefcase.

"We tried to chase him but he managed to escape in a car that was waiting for him."

The police issued arrest warrants against the suspect and any accomplices and a circular about their car.

They arrested the security guard in less than 30 minutes in Dubai and recovered the cash.

Lawyer Hani Hammouda of Kefah Al Zaabi Firm for Advocacy and Legal Consultancy, who is representing the complainant in the legal procedures, told Khaleej Times that the police caught the suspect in a record time. "This is not the first time the Dubai Police swung into action and cracked the case so fast. We thank them for always being there and securing our safety and people's property."


Marie Nammour

Originally from Lebanon, Marie has been covering the Dubai Courts and the Public Prosecution, immigration and labour issues often, Lebanese community-related affairs and the Dubai International Film Festival. A graduate from the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Jounieh, a city to the north of Beirut, Marie worked as an in-house reporter, covering international affairs for the LBCI and the LBC Sat (Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International), a leading TV station back home and a legal translator for Sagesse, a renowned law college in the heart of the Lebanese capital. Marie speaks fluently Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is fond of travelling, psychology, learning more and of the French literature.

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