x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Salesmen deny stealing diamond ring

Two salesmen are accused of stealing an 8.4 carat diamond ring worth Dh1.36m from the Graff jewellery store where they worked.

DUBAI // Two salesmen stole an 8.4 carat diamond ring worth Dh1.36 million (US$370,000) from the Graff jewellery store where they worked, a court heard yesterday. BR, 32, and MH, 31, denied the charges in their first appearance at the Dubai Criminal Courts. They are accused of stealing the ring from the Graff outlet located at Saks Fifth Avenue in Burjuman Center shopping mall between September 11 and 12, 2008. The two were indicted after the sales manager of Damas, which runs Tiffany, Damas, Graff and Paspale jewellers in the city, reported them to police, according to prosecution records.

The sales manager, MM, 31, told prosecutors he was informed by BR on September 12 that a ring was missing. He said all the store's rings were placed in the shop's metal safe at closing. The sales manager said video showed the only people who opened the safe on the dates the ring went missing were MH and BR. Records showed that MH, who worked on the evening of September 11, opened the safe using its key, and the next day the safe was opened by BR using the same key.

The prosecution records revealed that the two men were earlier suspected in a similar case of a missing ring at another Graff store. amustafa@thenational.ae