Men made off with 1,977 phones and electronics from Samsung, HTC and Apple

Unemployed Afghans SM, 23, and BZ, 22, were part of a gang of six robbers who used bolt cutters and screwdrivers to break into an electronics company on April 17 last year.

DUBAI // Two armed robbers who stole more than Dh1 million worth of smartphones and other electronics have been jailed.

Unemployed Afghans SM, 23, and BZ, 22, were part of a gang of more than six robbers who used bolt cutters and screwdrivers to break into an electronics company on April 17 last year. They made off 1,977 phones and other devices valued at a total of Dh1.37 million.

“At nearly 4am I received a call from police informing me that some men had broken into my company and robbed devices such as Samsung, HTC and Apple,” said Indian RH, 39.

During investigations at the scene, officers checked surveillance cameras and found footage of the gang and a getaway car.

Police officer AS, 48, said he spotted the car soon after receiving the robbery report.

“I ordered the driver to stop but he did not and we had to chase him, during which he crashed into four cars then stopped. The driver as well as another man ran out and we could not arrest them,” said the policeman.

SM was later arrested at his home in Ras Al Khaimah. BZ was arrested in Naif. The rest of the gang remain at large.

At Dubai Criminal Court on Thursday SM and BZ denied an armed robbery charge.

Both men were found guilty and sentenced to six months in jail to be followed by deportation.

tzriqat@thenational.ae

Published: May 3, 2015 04:00 AM

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