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Three Sri Lankan men were sentenced to a year in jail each for breaking into a villa in Dubai and stealing valuables worth Dh1 million while the owner was overseas on holiday, the National UAE reported on Monday.

Only one of the three Sri Lankans, a 47-year-old, was caught, when he tried to leave the country from Sharjah International Airport. He will be deported after serving his sentence.

His two compatriots, however, had already flown to Sri Lanka with most of the stolen goods and were sentenced in absentia.

The three broke into the villa of an Emirati in Al Muhaisnah 1 in August last year while he was in Belgium with his family. They used a hammer and crowbar to force open an iron safe in one of the bedrooms before stealing jewellery, money, watches and expensive pens.

"My mother sent her maid to clean up the house for our return and the maid found the place in a mess, so she called my mother who sent my two brothers to check," said the owner, 37.

An Emirati policeman said the arrested man had confessed that he and the other two had agreed in Sri Lanka to obtain visit visas to the UAE with the intention to steal valuables from houses before escaping.

"They noticed that no people were in the house and after keeping it under surveillance for a few days to make sure no one was there, they jumped the wall and broke in," the officer said.

At Dubai Criminal Court this month, the arrested man denied a theft charge but was found guilty.

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  • George Harry Wednesday, 30 November 2016 08:37 AM

    In the near future, there maybe more restrictions placed when issuing Visit Visa by UAE govt. to Sri Lankan citizens.

    sudu Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:03 AM

    Wililajjai. via DM Android App

    Citizen Tuesday, 29 November 2016 11:43 AM

    This will make other Sri Lankans wish to visit Dubai getting visa. Should be punished in Sri Lanka too.

    cheers Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:31 PM

    Must be following the robbers like the central bank robbers our high profile heads and would have thought they will go scott free like sri lanka wrong place

    Liberal One Tuesday, 29 November 2016 12:55 PM

    What a proud moment. Our citizen need a doze of patriotism and self esteem. Lack of both are the root of all issues in this country.

    yuri Tuesday, 29 November 2016 01:23 PM

    if we have to punish, half of the Population should in Jail.

    Kaboos Tuesday, 29 November 2016 03:34 PM

    these fellows have robbed the black money. . of the sheikh


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