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Masked gang arrested following Dubai jewellery theft

Gang of five stole $816,000 worth of valuables - over $16m of jewellery in the store at the time

Masked gang arrested following Dubai jewellery theft

Dubai Police arrested a gang responsible for carrying out an armed robbery in the emirate within 48 hours of the crime being committed.

The gang of five, wearing masks and armed with knives and pepper spray, entered a jewellery shop in International City and stole $816,000 (AED3m) worth of goods. Staff were locked in the store’s toilet while the gang stole the valuables, according to Dubai Police.

Making their escape, the members of the gang dispersed in different directions as they exited the store.

The case was investigated by officers at Rashidiya Police Station, who received a call at 10am on Wednesday morning last.

Maj. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander in chief of Research and Criminal Affairs, said there was over $16 million (AED60m) worth of jewellery in the store at the time of the theft. He said the planning and execution of the crime suggested to investigators that the perpetrators were specialists.

A special investigation team was formed and details of stolen goods were distributed to all emirates in the UAE.

The investigation team was able to identify the five masked persons of Asian nationality, and found three of them hiding in one of the border areas in Al Ain city and two hiding in the Ruwais area in Abu Dhabi.

Police carried out early morning raids on their locations and arrested all five, after they were found in possession of the stolen jewellery, along with tools that were used in the robbery.

Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, praising the work team of the Criminal Investigation Department of the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation and Investigation, warned business owners to tighten the security measures where a large quantity of valuable goods are stored.