Dubai: Chance encounter helps worker nab thief, 3 days after robbery

Web report/Dubai
Filed on June 6, 2021

He managed to apprehend the gang member with the help of a group of passers-by.

Pure chance helped a cleaning worker catch a thief who'd robbed him three days before.

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According to Al Bayan, the worker reported that an African gang had assaulted and threatened him with a knife while he was leaving his residence in the Jebel Ali area at night. The four assailants then stole Dh1,600 from him after overpowering him.


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The worker filed a police report on the incident. However, three days later, he spotted one of the gang members trying to rob another person in the same area.

With the help of a group of passers-by, the man apprehended the criminal and called the police, explaining to the officer that the person was the same who'd robbed him a couple of days ago.

The Public Prosecution charged the suspect with robbery at knifepoint, together with the accomplices, and have asked the court to punish and deport them.

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