7 Pakistani arrested for Rs 47 crore robbery in Dubai

7 Pakistani arrested for Rs 47 crore robbery in Dubai

DUBAI - On Monday, law enforcement authorities in Dubai arrested seven Pakistani nationals for stealing cash worth AED 14 million (~Rs. 47 *crore*) from an armored truck.

The armored truck belonged to a money transfer company. Three Pakistanis, who worked as drivers for the company in question, were caught by the authorities in connection with the crime. Four more individuals were later apprehended for providing logistical support during the robbery.

Authorities say that the apprehended individuals will be deported back to their countries, after serving their three-year long sentence in Dubai .

Two Nepalese guards reached the company’s security manager right after they lost contact with the Pakistani driver, who was on his way to fill an ATM machine at Al Ghurair Centre. Right after, the workers rushed to the location, where the ATM machine was, but only found the truck parked in an alley with its engine turned on. ------------------------------

They called the police right after, as the 37-year old driver was missing with all the cash on-board. A police lieutenant told,

Crime scene investigators and fingerprint experts examined the armored truck. The truck’s CCTV footage clearly showed how the 37-year-old driver had disconnected the cameras and by doing so he became the primary suspect. On-site investigations revealed the involvement of two more persons … also four others were involved in aiding and abetting the trio.

The driver moved from his seat to the rear of the truck to disconnect the surveillance cameras. However, CCTV footage from a nearby building revealed that the driver along side two other Pakistani men, aged 30 and 39, fled the scene on a car with all the loot.

Dubai’s authorities looked for them in the surrounding areas, and found the getaway car parked idle in a poorly lit area. The robbers abandoned their vehicle and jumped in a taxi to flee from the location, as seen in surveillance footage in the vicinity.

Subsequently, three of them were finally caught in Sharjah after a series of police interrogations and tip-offs, with the 37-year-old driver being the prime suspect.

Four others, aged between 33 and 48, were arrested later for providing logistical support to the primary robbers, as they were going to help the suspects transfer money to Pakistan. The 37-year-old driver, along with the 30-year-old robber, pleaded guilty and admitted that the four countrymen were going to help deliver the money back to Pakistan through different banks and commercial ventures in Dubai .

However, the 39-year-old suspect who was seen with the main suspect and was part of the primary trio, entered a not-guilty plea. The quartet that was meant to give logistical support also refuted their accusations.

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