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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Three men 'stole a diesel truck containing Dh5,000-worth of fuel'

The defendants allegedly used a crowbar to smash the window of the truck before hot-wiring it

Three men stole a diesel truck containing more than Dh5,000-worth of fuel inside its tank, heard Dubai Criminal Court.

On August 31 this year, the Pakistani suspects, aged between 26 and 33, allegedly used a crowbar to smash the window of the truck before they hot-wired the vehicle and drove away.

Records show that the truck, which belonged to a fuel trading company, had been parked in the company’s car park in Al Qouz industrial area.

Police received a report that the truck had been stolen on the morning of September 1. “When we received the report, our suspicions were focused on a man who was deported from the country for stealing diesel trucks and after his deportation, this type of theft dropped drastically,” said an Emirati first lieutenant.

He said investigations revealed the man had returned to the country illegally. “We started collecting information and questioning people who knew him and then arrested all three defendants on September 13,” said the officer.

One of the accused men, a 30-year-old, allegedly admitted to police officers that he had taken part in several other robberies, masterminded by another of the accused men, the 33-year-old who returned to Dubai illegally after being deported.

“He told us it was his 33-year-old countryman who smashed the window and hot-wired the truck and drove it away. He and the third defendant acted as look outs and were paid Dh1,500 in return,” said the officer.

In court on Wednesday morning, the three men denied charges of armed robbery and requested that the court acquit them.

A verdict is expected on December 13.

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