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Monday, 06 November 2017 - 16:52
Dubai court jails six Sri Lankans for stealing cash from armoured truck used to transport cash
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Six security guards have been jailed for three years each for taking advantage of their jobs at a money transfer company and stealing Dh 1.2 million (Rs. 50 million)  in cash from an armoured truck used to transport cash from commercial establishments.
 
The six Sri Lankan accused and two cleaners, who were their countrymen, were said to have conspired and decided to distract some of their co-workers during the process of transporting bags of money collected from various commercial outlets in Dubai in May.
 
The eight men, aged between 22 and 39, were collecting the proceeds from different outlets that their employers had been tasked to transport to a local bank in Dubai between May 6 and 10.
 
Dubai Police’s operation room received a report about Dh 1.2 million that had been stolen from an armoured truck beside the Deira Metro station at around 1 pm.
 
The Dubai Court of First Instance convicted the six guards of abusing their jobs and stealing the Dh 1.2 million.
 
Presiding judge Mohammad Jamal ordered the six culprits to repay Dh 266,000 jointly to the money transfer company and fined them Dh 1.2 million as well.
 
One of the two cleaners was jailed for a year for possessing part of the stolen cash.
 
However, the other man was acquitted along with other cleaners charged with abetment.
 
According to yesterday’s ruling, the convicts will be deported following the completion of their punishments.
 
The defendants had pleaded guilty and admitted that they stole the cash in court.
 
A Police Lieutenant said the accused tricked one of the truck’s drivers to open the armoured truck door and took the money bags and disappeared.
 
“CCTV cameras exposed the suspects carrying out the heist … they fled from the spot in taxis. Primary interrogations exposed that the suspects were hiding in a flat in Al Rashidiya. They had rented out that flat to use it as their hideout following the pre-planned theft. We raided the flat and apprehended some of the defendants and the rest were arrested later. One of them remains at large. The suspects had divided the money among themselves,” the Lieutenant said.
 
The primary ruling remains subject to appeal within 15 days.
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