3 years jail each for 7 in Dh1m robbery

Dubai - The accused are believed to have planned to rob villas while the residents were away

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Mon 13 Jun 2016, 6:17 PM

Last updated: Tue 14 Jun 2016, 9:38 AM

Seven members of a gang have each been sentenced to three years in jail on the charge of robbing more than Dh1 million worth of jewellery, watches, valuables and cash in different currencies from a villa.
The accused, including five Colombians and two Sudanese, have been found guilty of the break-in robbery. The Court of First Instance ordered their deportation after completing their jail terms.
They are believed to have planned to rob villas while the residents were away. They watched for some time before targeting a Pakistani woman's villa in Jumeirah.
They had rented a flat and a car and arranged for all they needed to carry out the heist on the night of June 28, 2015.
They have been convicted of robbery at night with the use of force, trespass and damage to private property.
They allegedly damaged doors, windows and the bedroom closet inside the villa when they broke into it.
All the defendants (jobless) are being placed in detention.
The villa's owner, a Pakistani housewife, 43, said she identified her jewellery among the items recovered from the thieves.
She claimed they stole a safe in which she and her husband kept diamond and golden rings and necklaces and an expensive watch. The safe also contained cash and important documents.
A police sergeant quoted one of the Sudanese accused as admitting to have taken the Colombians to a store in Ajman where they bought sharp tools, gloves and other tools. They downloaded the GPS application on their rented car's system so that to locate the villas they should target.
The stolen valuables were estimated at Dh1,055,000.
The verdict is subject to appeal.

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