17 gold-plated iPhones among haul taken in raid on shop in Naif neighbourhood in Dubai

Three men jailed for a year for stealing smartphones worth Dh745,000, including 17 gold-plated iPhones, from a shop must see out their sentence, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

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DUBAI // Three men jailed for a year for stealing smartphones worth Dh745,000, including 17 gold-plated iPhones, from a shop must see out their sentence, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Pakistanis KK, 32, and SK, 29, and Afghan KA, 22, were convicted on October 30 of stealing 117 LG mobiles, 17 gold-plated iPhones, 15 Lenovo phones, 183 Samsung Galaxy phones, 51 HTCs, 51 Sonys, 24 Huweis and 51 iPads. They denied the charge.

Afghan LS, 28, testified that when he arrived at his phone store in Naif on the morning of June 17 last year he noticed the door was broken.

“It was 7am and the guard told me that our shop had been robbed,” LS said. “I checked the place and saw that the locks were broken and the cutter the defendants used to damage the locks was left behind. I gave it to police.”

Police arrested KK on July 14 last year after investigations confirmed his involvement in the robbery. During questioning he told police about SK and KA.

All three men will be deported after completing their jail terms.

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