x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Sentences upheld for Dubai armed robbers who stole Dh1.5m of goods

Five armed robbers who broke into a warehouse and stole electronics worth more than Dh1.5m have their sentences upheld by the Appeals Court.

DUBAI // Five men who broke into a warehouse and stole electronics worth Dh1.6 million had their three-year jail terms upheld by the Appeals Court today.

The men – four Indians and a fifth man who remains on the run – ransacked the warehouse of Emirates Gulf International in Al Qusais Industrial Area 4 on August 4 last year, stealing 30,626 items including air conditioners, washing machines, and televisions.

Police, called when a labourer noticed the locks had been changed, broke open the doors and found the warehouse near empty.

They tracked down the four men through workers and a driver who helped them take the goods to Sharjah, not knowing they were stolen.

The Pakistani driver, S?A, 45, said one of the men asked him to move some items from a warehouse in Al Qusais to a villa in Sharjah in return for Dh400 for each of his two trips.

"There were about eight Bangladeshi workers loading the boxes, which contained electronics," he said.

Three days later, the driver received a call from the police and was told the items he moved to Sharjah were stolen.

"I didn't know. They told me the warehouse belonged to them," he said.

When the four were arrested, electronics worth Dh450,000 were found in their possession. Police believe some of the unrecovered electronics were sold to shops in Ajman.

The four – A?A, 30, M?M, 25, M?R, 32 and M?A, 37 – will be deported after their prison terms.

salamir@thenational.ae