DUBAI 23 December 2018: Dubai Police managed to arrest an African gang that had stolen Dh4 million from an armored cash transport vehicle, in less than 24 hours. The operation was named ‘Perfidy’.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, praised the team for their speedy response to the theft report, as well as the arrest of perpetrators in record time.
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police, explained that the Command and Control Unit received a report that a money transfer vehicle was robbed in the area of Al Rashidiya.
A task force was formed to capture the suspects immediately. The results of preliminary investigations found that the cash transport vehicle had three employees; two Asians and an African. Brigadier Al Jallaf added the vehicle had been carrying Dh20 million.
Two Went to Washroom
The two Asian employees got off the vehicle to use the washrooms and the third employee took the opportunity to steal Dh4 million and escape to an unknown destination.
Search and investigations revealed an advanced plan had been formed by the accused with a number of suspects of the same nationality. Therefore, an arrest plan was put in place to capture the suspects.
“With the support of latest techniques and programs of artificial intelligence, the Criminal Data Analysis Center provided vital information to our field teams on the gang’s whereabouts and identified their intended plan of disposing the stolen money,” Brigadier Al Jallaf added.
Extensive search and investigation process resulted in identifying a person of the same nationality whom the gang thought of hiding the stolen money with until the situation had calmed down.
Brigadier Al Jallaf explained that after meeting of the task forces, the zero hour was set to arrest all the suspects in the case who were located in Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.
“In coordination with the criminal investigation departments at those emirates, our teams were able to work with high professionalism and surprised the gang members and arrested them and recovered the money within less than 24 hours.”
The Director of CID at Dubai Police called on all money carriers to abide by the regulations, obligations and standards set in collaboration with the force’s Department of Protection Systems, and emphasized that Dubai Police has always been proactive in setting basic standards for the prevention of crimes prior to their occurrence in order to maintain sec