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Six men steal cables worth Dh150,000 from warehouse

Suspects lock guard in a room and destroy surveillance cameras

16:28 October 9, 2017

Dubai: Six men have been accused of breaking into a warehouse, confining a guard in a room, stealing cables worth 150,000 and destroying surveillance cameras.

The six Pakistani men, aged between 24 and 49, went to a warehouse in two cars in Ras Al Khor area in May 2016.

They used a pair of scissors to open the steel door of the warehouse at around 1.30am, overpowered the security guard and locked him in a room.

They loaded Dh150,000 worth of cables in their cars, destroyed the CCTV cameras on the premises and fled from the scene.

The incident was reported to the police by the warehouse manager. The six suspects were apprehended a few days after the incident.

Prosecutors accused the six suspects of assaulting and locking up the guard, breaking into the warehouse using hard tools and stealing cables. They were also accused of causing Dh22,400 worth of damage to the CCTV system.

The suspects pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

The warehouse’s Indian manager told prosecutors that he was informed about the incident at 3.30am when he was at home.

“I rushed to the scene and found that the suspects had broken the locks of the steel door and locked the guard a in a room. They also destroyed the CCTV cameras so that they cannot be identified,” he told prosecutors.

A police sergeant told prosecutors that the suspects were apprehended from Sharjah and Ajman.

“During questioning, the suspects said that they kept a watch on the warehouse for a few days before they broke into it and stole the cables. The suspects sold the cables to a trader for Dh60,000,” the sergeant told prosecutors.

Presiding judge Urfan Omar said the court will appoint lawyers to defend the suspects when it reconvenes on October 26.