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Trio tries to steal Dh2m worth of baby clothes

Suspects freak out, abandons bid to break into warehouse once a car drove nearby

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Dubai: Three workers freaked out and abandoned the bid of breaking into a warehouse to steal Dh2 million worth of baby clothes once they heard a car drove by them.

The three Pakistani men, aged 21, 25 and 33, armed with iron scissors, headed to a warehouse in Ras Al Khor area as they wanted to break into it in August.

The trio tried to the locks in an attempt to break into the warehouse, according to records, before they heard a car drove by them.

The suspects got scared and decided to abandon their bid to break into the warehouse and fled from the scene, according to records.

A Chinese businesswoman, who had rented the warehouse to store the imported baby clothes, discovered that one of the locks had been broken when she visited the warehouse one morning.

She reported the matter to the police before primary interrogations revealed that the three suspects had been involved in the attempted robbery at the warehouse.

Records said police identified one of the suspects, whose face was clearly visible on CCTV cameras at the warehouse.

Prosecutors accused the three suspects of trying to break into the warehouse and steal baby clothes worth more than Dh2 million.

The trio pleaded not guilty when they appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

The businesswoman told prosecutors that she locked her warehouse at 2.30am and when she returned there the next day at 7pm, she noticed that one of locks had been broken.

“I reported the matter to the police … CCTV cameras revealed that the suspects arrived at the warehouse in a pickup truck. The driver remained in the pickup while the other two suspects, wearing masks tried to break into the warehouse,” she told prosecutors.

A police sergeant told prosecutors that the trio were apprehended shortly after the 33-year-old suspect was identified through the CCTV cameras.

“During questioning, they admitted that they had planned to break into the warehouse and steal clothes. They claimed that once they broke one of the locks, a car drove nearby and they fled from the scene. They also said that they got rid of the iron scissors in Ras Al Khor area.

A ruling in the case will be heard on October 16.