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Indian man sentenced to 1 year in Dubai for stealing 86 watches worth $ 2 million


DUBAI: An Indian man was sentenced to one year in prison after being convicted of stealing 86 expensive watches worth more than $ 2 million at a store in the famous Gold Souq in Dubai.

The 26-year-old man, who worked as a cleaner, was sentenced by the Dubai trial court on Wednesday.

He was accused of stealing up to 86 expensive watches worth more than 8.3 million dirhams ($ 2.2 million) and valuables from a watch and jewelry store where he worked, the Khaleej Times reported.

Two 44-year-old Pakistani men (cousins), both fugitives, charged in absentia for possession of stolen watches, each received one year in prison, he said.

The court ordered the deportation of the three men after serving their prison sentences.

On January 6, a complaint was filed about stolen watches at the Naif police station.

“On December 25 of last year, I was in one of my stores when an Indian seller caught my attention that a watch, worth Dh30,000, was found in its box at the dump,” the owner said in the complaint .

According to the owner, they then checked the store’s CCTV cameras that captured the cleaner by taking the watch, placing it in a box and throwing it in the trash so he could pass it out of the store later.

When the owner asked the defendant about the theft, he confessed that he had stolen two watches worth 250,000 and 270,000 dirhams, according to the report.

He sold each of them to a Pakistani man for 10,000 dirhams. He said he had not yet been paid for the second watch, he said.

During the investigation of the public prosecution, the defendant admitted that he stole the watches and then sold them to the two accomplices who knew they had been stolen.

The cleaner can appeal the fault within 15 days.

Times of India