By Andy Sambidge
Police chief says members of Eastern European crime ring arrested in sting operation codenamed The Prince
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.
This method of holding owners or family members captive and forcing staff in Jewellery shops to part with goods has been a well rehearsed and highly successful modus operandi of East European gangs in Belgium, with the thieves able to cross several borders within a couple of hours. This has forced many top jewellers to move their operations to Dubai as a result. It would be a shame if such criminals are allowed to operate with impunity in this part of the world too.
It is therefore highly commendable that Dubai police cracked the case and recovered the stolen items in 72 hours.
It would be interesting to know which country's diplomatic bag was going to be used to transfer the loot out of Dubai.
Very good work Major General Al Mazeina !
Accolades to your good-self and your Team.
Hope the UAE police force keeps on with the vigilence
and more visitor's come into the country to enjoy the
facilities offered by the Government.
It is a commendable job of dubai police but why only hard profile cases which grab the medias attention are solved within hours what about the street crimes which can be seen openly by the public snatching of cash from bankbranches and near atms ,cheating of touristsand residentsby the herbal medcine shop owners near the police stations ,sale of counterfeit phones,street walkers near the hotels and many other crimes which the ordinary public have to face.