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Emirates Hills in Dubai, UAE.

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Dh21 million Dubai villa theft: Trio admit guilt

 


DUBAI – Three men visiting Dubai have admitted in court that they broke into a villa in the emirate and stole Dh21 million worth of valuables.

At their trial at the Dubai Criminal Court on Monday (June 10), the Chilean men, aged 27 to 31, said they broke into the seven-room villa in Emirates Hills on February 25.

They admitted that they arrived in Dubai on tourist visa to rob villas in the emirate. They reportedly rented a car and then drove around Emirates Hills to pick a target.

During the February 25 robbery, they were able to enter the unfenced villa by smashing a window.

They then destroyed a safe and fled with cash, 14 watches worth Dh5.52 million, three designer handbags and three sunglasses, as well as gold and diamond jewellery worth Dh14.72 million.

The 66-year-old British owner of the villa said that he could not remember all of the items that were stolen because the family kept many valuables in the villa.

Police were able to track down the Chilean trio, arrest them within 24 hours of the theft and refer them to court. A verdict is expected on June 24. ICA/Expat Media

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