Dubai Police trap hi-tech gangs looting plush villas

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Dubai Police trap hi-tech gangs looting plush villas
Members of a five-member gang in police custody. - Supplied photos

Burglars steal Dh27 million worth jewellery, watches and cash


Amira Agarib

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Published: Mon 13 Jul 2015, 7:06 PM

Amira Agarib
dubai - The Dubai Police arrested two gangs comprising Latin American nationalities, who plundered cash, jewellery and watches worth millions from plush villas and residential buildings in various parts of Dubai.
While disclosing the details of the arrest on Sunday, Major-General Khamis Mattar Al Mazeina, Commander-in-chief of the Dubai police, said the gangs operated separately and arrived in the UAE with a plan to steal from locations like Jumeirah, Arabian Ranches, Al Safa , Emirates Hills and Al Rashidiya.
Al Mazeina praised the efforts and abilities of the Dubai Police officials to nab the culprits in short time and explained the operation that nabbed the culprits.
He also expressed his regret to know that some people who were born in UAE are harming the country by helping criminals.
According to the top official the first gang used GPS system to rob 23 villas; of them 14 in Dubai and 9 in other emirates; and stole 126 watches worth Dh15million, jewellery worth Dh12million; and a huge amount of money.
The robbers too had a modus operandi - they first monitored the villas and on finding them without residents, they would climb the compound wall to enter the building, then break the lockers and steal the valuables.
It was after receiving a series of theft complaints, the police formed a team to probe into the break-ins.
During the investigation, the team found that someone had rented a car using a fake European passport, which led to the arrest of two Sudanese - M.M and T.A - who were arrested from Al Majaz area in Sharjah by the Sharjah Police.
Naming the operation "The Great Five Gang", Al Mazeina said with the help of information passed on by the Sudanese about "a few watches", the police managed to arrest five-member gang comprising J.A. alias Andreas; F.A. alias Magola; J.A. alias Jessin; K.K. alias Kini; and J.A alias Hemto.
The team found that suspect M.M had met one of the members of the gang involved in looting of villas, when he went to Malaysia for his studies and was caught in a drug-related case there.
There he met one of the suspects in the gang, a Colombian, and after reaching the UAE, he got in touch with him and provided logistic support for the gang to arrive in the UAE. For the culprits, he rented a flat to live, and a car to commit the crime, and had also provided them with information about the villas of the affluent people. In order to help the robbers reach the locations.
He used GPS system and guided the gang over the phone to reach locations.
Al Mazeina said that the police recovered a safe dumped by the gang member in the sea, and seized stolen items concealed in toys, which were wrapped to send to Oman via DHL service. However, the gang members managed to escape to Oman, where they got arrested, in a coordinated effort by the two countries.
After completing the necessary steps, the gang members will be referred to courts.
He explained further that the gang had entered and left the country four times. He said that the gang members have criminal records and involved in several theft cases in an East Asian country.
Arrest in Sharjah
Major-General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police for criminal investigation, explained the arrest of second gang before the media.
Al Mansouri said that the criminal investigation team had received a theft complaint on July 7 from an Asian who was living near Mercato Shopping Mall in Jumeirah.
The complainant told the police that he was outside the UAE and on his return he found the door and the safe that contained jewellery and money were broken.
The police team within four hours managed to arrest four suspects after raiding their homes in Al Nahda area in Sharjah in coordination with Sharjah Police.
He said that the police set traps after they learnt the two suspects had rented two cars - Range Rover and Honda Civic- using fake passport copies.
The police team arrested R.J. an American; and D.A. a Colombian, on July 8 around 8pm when they reached their flats in Sharjah.
The duo resisted the police fiercely and tried to escape but the police nabbed them.
Meanwhile, the police arrested the Mexican M.A who tried to escape using the Range Rover car. The other Colombian suspect was arrested while he was trying to escape via Al Hili on the UAE borders.
The police found jewels and watches, which they had hidden professionally in the ceiling of their home.
He said that police investigation showed that there is no relation between the two gangs and urged residents to adopt free home safety programmes.
The police also urged the residents not to leave valuables in homes without taking the necessary action.

The seized cash, watches and millions worth jewellery.
The seized cash, watches and millions worth jewellery.

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