Gang 'stole more than Dh800,000 of watches from Dubai villa'

DUBAI // A Chinese gang allegedly stole more than Dh800,000 worth of watches from a villa in Umm Suqeim. At Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday the five men, aged between 24 and 38, denied the charges claiming they did not steal anything and that they were innocent. Prosecutors said that on July 14 last year, […]

DUBAI // A Chinese gang allegedly stole more than Dh800,000 worth of watches from a villa in Umm Suqeim.

At Dubai Criminal Court on Wednesday the five men, aged between 24 and 38, denied the charges claiming they did not steal anything and that they were innocent.

Prosecutors said that on July 14 last year, the Emirati villa owner left the country with his family and returned two days later to find the iron safe in his main bedroom broken.

“The safe contained 13 valuable watches, Dh60,000 in cash, US$2,000 and £1,000 – it was all gone,” said the 30-year-old, who called police to report the theft.

A week later the Emirati was contacted by police to come to the criminal investigations department to identify his belongings after the suspects were arrested and some of the items retrieved.

“We received tips that Chinese men are involved in the theft and our investigations led to the arrests of the five in a sting operation,” said a 33-year-old police captain, adding that the five confessed during questioning, saying that it happened when they were walking in the area and noticed the villa unlit.

“They said one rang the bell to make sure no one was home then the rest climbed up the wall and gained entry to the living room after they found its door unlocked,” said the captain.

Some of the stolen items were found in the homes of two of the defendants.

A verdict is due on June 19.

salamir@thenational.ae

Source: uae news

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