x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Dubai spa robbery plotters sentenced to year in prison

One man posed as a customer before four others barged in and stole cash and mobile phones.

DUBAI // Five men who carried out their plot to rob a spa were this morning sentenced to a year in prison to be followed by deportation.

One of the men pretended to be a customer in need of a leg massage while his accomplices prepared for the robbery.

In the middle of his massage, four men - all Bangladeshis aged between 22 and 27 - barged in tied everyone up with plastic cables.

The defendants then took money and mobile phones.

After the four defendants left the spa, one of the victims managed to untie herself and call police.

Police tracked the defendants down to Hor Al Anz area and arrested them. They found 11 stolen mobile phones in their possession.

During investigations, the four men said they planned the robbery with MA, whose role was to go to the spa as a customer.

When interrogated, MA confessed to his role, said prosecutors.

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