Dubai police arrest suspects in $3.2m diamonds, gold robbery

Police chief says members of Eastern European crime ring arrested in sting operation codenamed The Prince
Dubai police arrest suspects in $3.2m diamonds, gold robbery
Dubai police.
By Andy Sambidge
Tue 23 Dec 2014 07:25 PM

Dubai Police on Tuesday announced the arrest of members of an Eastern European crime ring suspected of stealing diamonds and gold jewels worth AED12 million ($3.2 million) in Dubai.

In a sting operation codenamed The Prince, Major General Khamis Matar Al Mazeina, Dubai Police General Commander, revealed that the heist - plotted by members in Dubai and Paris - took place on December 12 but within 72 hours, police were able to arrest the suspects.

Al Mazeina said in comments published by news agency WAM that the Naif Police Station had received information from a jewellery shop vendor, named only as BS, that a European person and another man came to the shop, claiming to have been sent by the company's Arab owner in Paris.

The police chief said that the vendor allowed the two robbers to view some jewels after he contacted the company owner in Paris but was unaware that the owner was held at gunpoint by other members of the gang.

On a second visit, the two robbers packed 6.5kg of gold and diamond jewels, worth AED12 million, in a diplomatic suitcase after the vendor received a call from the owner to hand over the package to them.

The company owner was released after his captors were assured by accomplices in Dubai of the delivery of the suitcase to a third member of the ring but he immediately called the vendor to alert the police about the plot.

After intensive research and investigation, the police managed to arrest the robbers within just 72 hours and recovered the stolen items, WAM said.

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