Two expats escape with safe containing Dh10,000 from Dubai shop

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The CCTV cameras showed two men breaking into the shop.-Alamy Image

Dubai - The incident was reported on January 20 at Al Barsha police station.


Marie Nammour

Published: Tue 6 Aug 2019, 5:00 PM

Last updated: Tue 6 Aug 2019, 7:31 PM

Two expats are standing trial at a Dubai court for robbery of a shop.
The Dubai Court of First Instance heard how the 24-year-old Yemeni and his 25-year-old runaway accomplice, an Uzbek, broke into the shop in Tecom at night, using sharp tools and wearing gloves as well as masks.   
They got away with the safe containing Dh10,000.
The Yemeni accused has been placed in detention while the runaway accomplice is standing trial in absentia.
Besides the robbery charge, they are accused of damaging private property after they damaged a glass façade and broke its lock.
The incident was reported on January 20 at Al Barsha police station.
The shop owner, a 40-year-old Slovenian businessman, said he got a phone call from the shop's security guard at 4am on January 20 to alert him about the robbery. "He told me that the safe was missing. I went to the shop and found the police were already there."
He told the prosecutor that the police officers checked the surveillance cameras. "The CCTV cameras showed two men breaking into the shop after damaging and pulling out the lock. They went to the safe and dragged it outside. There was an amount of Dh10,000 inside the safe."
A police lieutenant said that they circulated an arrest warrant against the two suspects after extracting their photos from the CCTV footage.
"They were captured on camera while getting inside the store after breaking the locks with scissors and then fleeing the place. The duo managed to pull the safe along. During investigation, we learned that they were detained at Bur Dubai police station in connection with another complaint about a theft with a similar modus operandi.
"We obtained a warrant from the public prosecution to receive the two defendants from their detention. During interrogation, they admitted they robbed the shop and led the officers to the location," the lieutenant said during the public prosecution investigation.  
However, it was not mentioned in the public prosecution records how the 25-year-old defendant managed to escape or whether he was granted bail at some point.
A verdict will be issued on September 24.

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