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Warehouse robbery gang arrested in Dubai

Dubai Police has caught a criminal gang responsible for stealing mobile phones worth approximately US$350,000 from a warehousing facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone.
UNDER ARREST: Dubai Police catches warehouse thieves.
UNDER ARREST: Dubai Police catches warehouse thieves.

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Dubai Police has caught a criminal gang responsible for stealing mobile phones worth approximately US$350,000 from a warehousing facility in Jebel Ali Free Zone.

The six men, who mainly hail from Uzbekistan, managed to escape the warehouse undetected after covering the facility's closed circuit cameras. The robbery was later reported to police by the company's manager.

"The robbers went through the ventilation system on top of the warehouse without causing any damage or altering the locks of the warehouse," said Colonel Khalil Ebrahim, deputy director of Dubai Police's general department of inquiries and criminal investigation.

"They entered through that hole, emptied boxes with more than 800 cell phones and then wrapped them all using plastic bags. They left the place quietly without being noticed," he added.

The gang escaped with a variety of different mobile phones, including models by Nokia and Sony Ericsson, but were arrested in Ajman within a week following an investigation by the police departments in both Dubai and Ajman.

The stolen products were also recovered before they could be sold locally or illegally exported. "Five of the suspects were on visit visa and all have been transferred to the public prosecution for investigation while their leader, who has a residence visa, was arrested by Ajman police and will be tried," added Colonel Ebrahim.

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