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Dubai: A gang of three who stole valuables worth millions of dirhams from a Dubai villa were on Monday sentenced to two years in prison and deportation.

The three defendants from Chile arrived through Dubai International Airport in February 2019 and rented a car to monitor villas at Emirates Hills.

They brought gloves, screwdrivers and torch from a supermarket to commit the robbery after sunset.

They entered a huge seven-bedroom villa and stole 15 expensive watches of famous brands worth more than $1.5 million (Dh5.5 million), jewellery worth $4 million, three Louis Vuitton bags worth $15,000, three sunglasses worth $6,000, 15 banknotes of Indian currency, cash and other valuable items.

The villa owner, a 66-year-old Briton, reported the incident to the police. The defendants were arrested in less than 24 hours. They were caught from a hotel and the stolen items were recovered.

The British villa owner said that a domestic worker discovered the robbery.

“The defendants had broken the window lock to enter the house,” the businessman told investigators.

The defendants confessed they came to Dubai on tourist visas with plans to commit robberies on villas.

“They also confessed to renting a car from the airport and broking into the villa after spotting luxury cars parked in front it. They stole the items and put it in a bag and checked into a hotel in Deira,” a policeman said in court records.