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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Pair jailed for Dh1.2m jewellery theft in Dubai  

The men broke into the safe of a villa in Umm Suqeim and stole the valuables

Two men who stole Dh1.2 million worth of jewellery from a villa in Dubai will each spend a year in prison.

Prosecutors said the two Chinese defendants broke into the house in Umm Suqeim on September 14, causing damages of up to Dh30,000, and stealing jewellery from the safe.

The owner of the house was not home at the time but her sister reported the theft to police the next morning when she visited the villa.

“My sister went into the house first and immediately told me that the house was in a mess. I rushed over and checked everything, then found out that [someone] had broken into my safe and stolen all of my valuables, gold and diamonds,” said the Emirati home-owner, 31.

Police collected evidence from the scene and arrested one of the defendants ten days later.

During questioning, the 32-year-old defendant admitted to stealing from the house and said his countryman, 22, took the valuables, hid them in his luggage and flew back to China to sell them there.

“He told us they picked the villa after making sure its owners were not there, then after midnight they drove a Mitsubishi there, climbed the wall and broke into the house,” said an Emirati policeman.

He said the men didn't find anything to steal at first but one of them spotted the safe inside the wardrobe, which they then forced open.

At Dubai Criminal Court in March, the 32-year-old defendant denied charges of armed robbery, trespassing and causing damages but he and his accomplice, who is still at large, were convicted and sentenced to a year in prison followed by deportation.