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Dubai villa jewellery thieves have jail sentences upheld

Category: Money Tools Published: Tuesday, 31 May 2016 Written by Chance Allen

DUBAI // Six men who broke into a villa and stole jewellery valued at almost Dh600,000 have had their three-year jail sentences upheld by the Court of Appeal.

In July last year the Chinese men, aged between 24 and 37, broke into the villa in Al Barsha 3.

The villa#x2019;s owner, a 37-year-old Emirati, said he returned home at about 9pm to find his house had been ransacked.

#x201c;The locks were broken, even that of the wardrobe in my bedroom, the Emirati said, adding that valuables worth Dh588,000 had been stolen.

Among the items taken were seven gold bars, one of which was embossed with an image of the UAE#x2019;s Founding President Sheikh Zayed, a diamond set and several small gold necklaces and bracelets.

Four members of the gang were arrested on July 22. Police found gloves, money, tools and metal chains in one of their cars which, when scientific tests indicated they had recently been used with force. Gold jewellery and watches where found by police in another defendant#x2019;s car.

The four men led police to the remaining two members of the gang, who were arrested at their home in Dubai, where police found some of the victim#x2019;s stolen items.

#x201c;During questioning they said that each had his role, four men were responsible for breaking in and stealing the valuables, while the others were drivers, an Emirati police captain said.

In March this year, the men were jailed for three years by Dubai Criminal Court.

Police said the gang had been involved in two other thefts, which are currently being investigated by Al Rashidiya and Bur Dubai police stations.

They will be deported upon completion of their sentences.

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