DUBAI // Six men who stole jewellery valued at more than Dh500,000 from a Dubai villa have been sentenced to three years in jail each.
Dubai Criminal Court heard the men – all Chinese aged between 24 and 31 – broke into a villa in Al Barsha 3 in July last year.
The villa’s owner, Emirati A A, 37, said that at about 9pm he returned home to find the house in a mess.
“Even the lock in the wardrobe in my bedroom was broken,” said A A. Articles worth Dh588,000, he said, were missing – including a gold bar with an image of Sheikh Zayed on it.
The stolen items included six gold bars, one diamond set, three mixed sets of gold and diamonds, several small gold sets, necklaces, bracelets, and a man’s watch.
Prosecutors charged the men with burglary. Four of them were arrested on July 22.
Police said they found sharp tools, metal chains, gloves and cash in on of the gang’s car. Gold jewellery and watches were recovered from another vehicle. The four men led police to the other members of the gang, who were arrested at their home in Dubai, where officers also found more of A A’s property.
“During questioning they said that each had his role. Four were responsible for breaking in and stealing the valuables, while the others were drivers,” testified Emirati police captain A A, 33.
The men, who were in the country on visit visas, are suspected of being involved in two other burglaries currently being investigated by officers from Al Rashidiya and Bur Dubai police stations.
The gang will be deported after serving their jail terms.