Dubai Police apprehended a gang of international thieves less than 24 hours after they broke into an Emirates Hills villa and stole items worth millions, according to media reports.
According to Gulf News, the three defendants, Chilean nationals, arrived in Dubai in February 2019 and rented a car, which they used to collect information on villas in the area.
After picking a target – a seven-bedroom villa belonging to a British expat – the men broke in and stole luxury watches worth over $1.5 million, as well as jewellery worth $4 million, handbags worth $15,000, sunglasses worth $6,000. They also stole rare, antique Indian banknotes and cash.
The villa’s 66-year old owner reported the incident to police, who identified and caught the suspects at a hotel less than 24 hours later.
The defendants confessed that they came to Dubai on tourist visas to commit robberies, as well as breaking into the villa.
They again confessed the charges on Monday in court. A verdict is expected on June 24.
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