Two arrested after armed hold-up at Dubai money exchange

Two men arrested within two hours after thieves carry out armed robbery at money exchange

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Dubai: Two men were arrested within two hours after they allegedly robbed a money exchange shop at Motor City in Dubai on Sunday night.

Brigadier Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Director of General Department of Criminal Investigation (CID) at Dubai Police claimed the two men were professionals.

According to the victims’ report, the entire operation took around 30 seconds.

The accused men carried European passports, but were of Arab origin. They are still being questioned by police.

The victims reported that two men in black masks and gloves stormed into the exchange and that one of them had a gun.

The man with the gun shouted at the employees and ordered them to move away as the other jumped behind the glass division separating the employees and the customers, and collected the money, including a bag containing a large sum of foreign currencies.

Both men then fled the scene.

A criminal investigation team was at the crime scene within five minutes, said Lieutenant-General Dahi Khalfan Tamim, Chief of Dubai Police.

Lieutenant-Colonel Salem Khalifa Al Rumaithi, Deputy Director-General for Criminal Investigation Affairs of the Dubai Police, said 243 members of the department were tasked to track down the suspects.

They were divided into different teams according to their specialisations and despatched to various locations in the UAE to hunt the suspects.

The CID team was able to catch one of the men, who had a criminal record in a European country. Later, they were able to find the other man, who was in possession of both the entire sum of money as well as the firearm.