DUBAI// A Colombian man admitted breaking into a Jumeirah villa and stealing Dh400,000 worth of jewellery and money when he appeared before Dubai Criminal Court.
The 45-year-old also confessed to charges of trespassing and damaging property.
On June 26 last year, the defendant, who was in the country on a tourist visa, broke into a villa belonging to an Egyptian manager and raided two safes in the bedroom, prosecutors said.
“One contained my wife’s jewellery and the other Dh100,000 in cash,” said the 59-year-old homeowner.
He said he and his wife left their home at nearly 6pm and returned three hours later to find the front door unlocked. His wife hurried to the bedroom and found both safes were empty so called police.
Evidence collected from the villa by police connected the defendant to the incident.
“He was arrested in a sting operation and told us that he and an American committed the crime,” said a 30-year-old Emirati police lieutenant.
The defendant said he and his accomplice rang the door bell of the villa to ensure no one was home, according to the officer.
“He then climbed over the wall and broke in using sharp tools and split the stolen items and cash with his partner,” said the lieutenant.
Records show that the American fled the country to Oman.
The next hearing will be on April 14.
Source: uae news