Guards beaten, bound and blindfolded during Dh500,000 Dubai cable heist, court told

Five men deny stealing cables worth more than half a million dirhams.

DUBAI // A gang broke into a warehouse and assaulted two security guards before stealing cables worth more than Dh 500,000, a court heard yesterday.

The guards were beaten with wooden sticks before being tied to chairs and blindfolded while the robbery took place. The gang told them they would be killed if they reported the robbery.

The guards remained tied up until colleagues arrived the next morning, freeing them and calling the police.

“One of the gang hit me with a wooden bar on the back of my head and he continued hitting me on the back and other parts of my body while another threw several punches at my face,” said one of the guards, DR, 36, from Nepal. “Then they tied my legs and hands, gagged me and blindfolded me” .

The gang stole electric cables, phones, copper rolls and a scanner machine worth Dh 735,000.

Prosecutors told the Criminal Court that 19 men broke into Jazeera Emirates Power Corporation on January 22 this year.

Police arrested five men who confessed to carrying out the robbery with the help of 14 others. Under interrogation, they said they sold the stolen goods to a market in Sharjah for Dh 132,000.

In court the five men denied charges of armed robbery and issuing threats to kill. The case was adjourned to July 7.

Published: June 23, 2013 04:00 AM