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14 April 2024

Pepper powder used to rob Dh500,000

By Eman Al Baik

A resident carrying more than half a million dirhams in cash was attacked by a group of men who used pepper powder on him before stealing the money, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.
The incident took place on July 29, when BR parked his bike in the parking area and went in the bank to withdraw money.
"I withdrew Dh510,000 and put it in a bag and headed to the parking lot. As I reached my bike, a group of men attacked me with pepper powder. One of them snatched the bag and ran away. I screamed for help while running after them. Pedestrians in the area could catch the one with my bag and returned it to me,” said the victim.
AA, 25, Yemeni was with his brother near his country's consulate when they heard a man scream for help.
"I saw about three men were trying to snatch a bag from a man, so we ran towards him to help. As we reached there, the attackers had already snatched the bag and ran away. We ran after the one who was holding the bag and could catch him and retrieve the bag," he said.
The two brothers got hold of the robbers until police arrived.
"As we turned back to the victim we saw red pepper on the street next to his bike,” he said.
The accused MF, 27, Pakistani admitted that he accompanied his friends to rob the victim.
He confessed of his role as an informant from inside the bank.
"I got into the bank and as I saw a client withdraw big amount I notified the others who were outside," he admitted.
His accomplices were awarded three years in jail and were ordered to pay Dh50,000 fine each and to be deported after serving their jail terms.
The court will reconvene on March 23.