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Five Lankans held for villa thefts in Dubai

12 January 2016 02:34 am - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Dubai Police have busted a gang of five Sri Lankans who stand accused of stealing millions of dirhams worth of valuables from villas in Dubai before attempting to flee the country.

On Monday, the Dubai Police Operations Room received information about a theft in a villa in Dubai's Al Barsha area. The police rushed to the scene and were told by the homeowner, an Emirati, that when he came home at 9.30pm he found the villa's doors broken. Watches worth Dh250,000 and Dh100,000 in cash were stolen.

Police investigation revealed that the modus operandi was the same as in eight other villas in the area. The police arrested four of the suspects as they tried to leave the country through Dubai International Airport. Huge amount of dirhams and Sri Lankan rupees, as well as gold and watches were retrieved. All four men confessed during interrogation, as did the fifth suspect who was arrested in Dubai later.

The men confessed that they often stole from vacant villas. They would ring the doorbell and if they did not receive any response, one suspect would climb the wall and open the door to three others, while the fifth would stand watch outside.

The fifth suspect was also found to be violating the UAE residence laws. All five men have been referred to the Dubai Public Prosecution. (Source: Khaleej Times)

  Comments - 8

  • Wise Donkey Tuesday, 12 January 2016 01:30 PM

    Poor guys they should have consulted the politicians how to do things without being caught....anyway very bad name for Lankan seeking employment in the gulf! Shame!!!

    Govinda Tuesday, 12 January 2016 03:43 PM

    Sri Lankans noted for theft throughout middle east after africans

    Andrew Pitugala Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:22 AM

    Potential precious foreign exchange for Srilanka but stolen in Dubai !!!!!!

    eddy Tuesday, 12 January 2016 09:40 AM

    Must be the Belgium investor in real life.

    Premalal Tuesday, 12 January 2016 05:28 PM

    Spreading our culture around the world.

    Laxana Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:20 AM

    Now what? Blame the Government and the FEB for not helping to release and bring them back to SL.

    Latha Tuesday, 12 January 2016 11:40 AM

    oh our sri lankans are innocent, they dont steal. this is a western conspiracy.

    lawry Tuesday, 12 January 2016 12:24 PM

    They dont get stoned to death

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