Masked men steal Dh40,000 in armed raid at Dubai company

Security guard held at knifepoint during robbery at Jebel Ali business

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Masked raiders forced their way into a Dubai business premises and threatened a security guard at knifepoint before making off with tens of thousands of dirhams in cash, a court heard.

The Pakistani pair, aged 27 and 22, allegedly broke into the Jebel Ali building and demanded the guard tell them where the company's money was kept.

He said the armed intruders put a knife to his throat before tying him to a chair and locking him in a bathroom.

“One of them pointed a knife to my throat and threatened to kill me, demanding that I tell them where the company’s money is kept,” the guard said.

The incident took place at about 2am on March 23.

When the men failed to prize open an iron safe, they ransacked the premises, finding Dh40,000.

The pair then fled the scene, leaving the security guard tied up for several hours until he was discovered by a colleague arriving for his shift.

Police were alerted to the crime and managed to identify the suspects after combing through security footage.

More than Dh10,000 of damage was caused to the premises as a result of the break-in.

The two men were later arrested and on Monday at Dubai Criminal Court faced charges of confinement, theft and damaging property.

Both denied all the charges; the case was adjourned until September 12.