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Brazen burglar who steals with a mark

Intruder strikes at four homes in same building within 48 hours and if that was not daring enough, he returns 
to leave behind his mark

  • By Jay B. Hilotin, Chief Reporter
  • Published: 21:45 September 5, 2012
  • XPRESS

  • Image Credit: © XPRESS /Arshad Ali
  • A reconstruction of the sight that greeted a burgled tenant at his doorstep
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DUBAI A brazen burglar broke into at least four flats in Muhaisnah within 48 hours and made away with thousands of dirhams in cash, jewellery and electronic items, XPRESS has learnt.

As if this was not audacious enough, he left his trademark by returning some of stolen items at the victims’ doorsteps. He even rang their doorbell to alert them but escaped before they could open the door.

In the first break-in, reported between August 7 and 8, a resident’s laptop, charger and a 500-gigabyte external hard drive were stolen.

The thief struck a second apartment on the same day, taking Dh15,000 in cash and two external drives. In a bizarre twist, the thief returned the two external drives to the victim’s door.

The break-ins were reported in the five-block Wasl Building in Muhaisnah, behind Lulu Village. “My wife and I were out at work and our child was with a baby sitter on August 7 when the break-in happened,” said Sadiq, a victim.

The victims believe the burglar — or burglars — must be familiar with the building layout as most of the burgled units were next to the fire exit and maintenance vent.

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“My unit is next to a vent, and we think the burglar went through it to break open one of the windows.”

Another victim reported his apartment being broken into on August 8 after they left the house to join relatives for iIftar. “What’s weird is that he even rings the doorbell to notify us that he’s returning a stolen item,” said the Indian engineer, whose Sony digital camera and the charger kit were left at the doorstep. 
“The thief took the safety box which had Dh45,000 worth of gold jewellery my husband gave as a wedding gift,” said a 29-year-old housewife. The wife also said an undetermined amount of jewellery with precious stones was in the box. “It’s as if this burglar is taunting the victims or authorities to come and catch him. I’m afraid for my family if this crazy thief is still on the loose.”

Residents said that since the incidents took place, all windows next to vents were permanently locked by Al Wasl Properties staff.

Another family reported losing cash and personal belongings.

“When I went to the security guards to report the incident on the night of (August 8), another victim was already there also reporting a similar break-in.”

No comment was immediately available from the property firm or the police.

- With inputs from Habiba Abd El Aziz

Comments (6)

  1. Added 12:57 September 6, 2012

    its high time CCTV cameras should be installed and made compulsory in all buildings. Main entrance should be monitored by security personal. Outsiders should not be allowed without prior permission.

    karim, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 10:22 September 6, 2012

    How can one confirm if its a 'HE'?

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 08:28 September 6, 2012

    Why did they close only the Wasl building windows? What about the other thousands of buildings in the UAE? They should close the ventilating area with a metal wire mesh that this paranoid thief used to get access to the kitchen windows. And this should be a regulatory requirement from the municipalities of the UAE.

    habeeb, doha, Qatar

  4. Added 08:07 September 6, 2012

    Hi, i think the security guards should stop uniformed workers inside the buildings as even i see a lot these days!!!!

    Mike, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 08:00 September 6, 2012

    Its probably Robin Hood.

    Lloyd Richard, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 04:20 September 6, 2012

    I first came to the U.A.E. in 1975 to start my career as a 24 year old office worker. The only foreigners to be seen at the time were Indians and Pakistanis. We used to go to work without bothering to lock the doors. At the time even if you found a 100 Dirham bill on the road (500 and 1,000 denominations came into circulation later), nobody would pick it. Jobs were in plenty and the mad race that you find today was not there. Dubai was such a cozy little place where the locals used to drive the taxis and the ferries. Times have changed and urbanization with all the accompanying vices is the result. Even the 'locals' who used to be so naive and philanthropic have changed with the times. The price any society has to pay for rapid urbanization !

    Joseph Kainikkara, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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