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    Seven Pakistanis jailed for robbing 14m dirham from armoured truck in Dubai

    Seven Pakistan men were jailed for three years each on Wednesday for stealing Dh14 million (Rs470 million) from an armoured truck in Dubai, Gulf News reported.
    Among those jailed were three drivers who worked for the cash transfer company, while the rest provided logistic support to it.
    “Crime scene investigators and fingerprint experts examined the armoured truck,” the report quoted a police lieutenant as saying.
    “The truck’s CCTV footages clearly showed how the 37-year-old driver had disconnected the cameras and by doing so he became the primary suspect,” he added.
    On-site investigations, the lieutenant continued, revealed the involvement of two more persons … also four others were involved in aiding and abetting the trio.”
    The company’s security in charge was alerted by two Nepalese guards that contact with the Pakistani driver had been lost. The 37-year-old driver had dropped them outside the premises of Al Ghurair Centre.
    Four Pakistani nationals accused of stealing power cables in Dubai
    The manager and his staff were finally able to locate the truck parked outside a nearby alley with its engine turned on.
    Later investigation into close circuit cameras showed the driver and two other Pakistanis, aged 30 and 39, carrying four bags of money to car and driving away from the scene.
    When police combed the surrounding areas, they found the car abandoned in a poorly lit road. The three drivers were seen jumping inside a taxi to rush away from the scene.
    Police were able through investigations and tip-offs to locate the trio in Sharjah. The rest of the defendants, aged between 33 and 48, were also sent behind bars for abetting the theft.
    All of the seven convicts will be departed from the country once they serve their imprisonment. The 39-year-old as well as those accused of abetting the stealing denied the charge.
    The 37-year-old driver, however, admitted to prosecutors the theft and the fact that the other four accomplices were supposed to assist them in transferring the money to Pakistan.
    The initial verdict is subject to appeal in a court of law.
    Four Pakistani nationals allegedly stole power cables worth Dh98,000 (approximately Rs2,940,000) in Dubai, leaving a busy bridge out of electricity, Khaleej Times reported.
    The four accused, aged between 21 and 35, are accused of opening the cover of a box containing the cables, cutting them and fleeing the location after loading the material in their vehicle causing a blackout on a bridge in Jebel Ali after damaging the power cable installations, a Dubai court has heard.
    They appealed not guilty in the Court of First Instance to charges of robbery with the use of a sharp tool and damage of public property.
    The incident was reported on September 8 last year. An Indian contractual maintenance supervisor reported the power outage and the damaged cables.
    “Before September 2017, we received several reports on power cable theft incidents in Dubai. The cables were in boxes that are easily opened. The defendants had been convicted in a similar theft incident and we brought them to the Criminal Investigation Department,” a police lieutenant said.
    The police officer said that the main accused confessed the misconduct. “They would go early in the morning to bridges in Jebel Ali and on the Sheikh Zayed Road,” he added.
    “They would use the vehicle of one of them and steal the cables after lifting the box cover with a piece of metal. They would then go to Sharjah, where they would sell it and split the money. The other accomplices denied the charges,” the officer told the prosecutor.
    Four of them are currently in detention; they denied charges of robbery with the use of sharp tool and damage of public property.
    The four men are also accused in another case of stealing cables worth more than Dh12,000 on a bridge leading to Jebel Ali-Lahbab causing power failure on that road.

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