x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Armed gang jailed over stealing cables from Dubai villas

A gang of five have been jailed for three years each for stealing Dh40,000-worth of electric cables from villas under construction.

DUBAI // An armed gang have been jailed for three years each for stealing Dh40,000-worth of electric cables from villas under construction.

The five unemployed Bangladeshis confessed to the crime at Dubai Criminal Court earlier this month but were found not guilty of an attempt to steal cables worth Dh120,000.

JR, 32, AK, 30, MA, 27, AM, 27, and EA, 25, were charged with armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and forming a gang that caused damage to electric cables owned to others.

Prosecutors said that they sneaked in under cover of dark to a construction site and used a sharp tool to cut the cables, which were owned by the building contractor.

The gang was arrested red-handed loading cables to a getaway vehicle at a villa belonging to Emirati HE.

All the defendants will be deported when they've completed their jail terms.

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