A diamond worth an estimated $20 million that was smuggled out of the UAE in a shoe box was recovered by Dubai Police after a painstaking operation that involved trawling through CCTV and scores of people.
The 9.33-carat blue stone diamond – named ‘Brilliant’ – was stolen by a guard working with a money transfer company and given to a relative who smuggled to an Asian country, Dubai Police revealed.
Colonel Mohammed Aqeel Ahli, Deputy Director of the General Department of Investigation and Criminal Investigation, said, “Once we received the notice, we started scanning and analysing around 8,620 cameras, and checking 120 persons. Thus, we were able to identify the accused person who prepared the robbery plan before its execution within 14 days.”
He crossed three security gates until he reached the diamond, despite all security standards. Each security gate has certain strict security standards, and the number of employees who are authorised to enter become less after each gate. The employee of the first gate usually has the key to the strongbox, the second has the password of the strongbox, and the third has an electronic password that changes automatically after each minute.
“He smuggled the stolen diamond with the assistance of one of his relatives, by packing the diamond into a sports shoe box to his home country, assuming that police won’t be able to notice that. However, Dubai Police found him and arrested him at one of the near emirates,” Colonel Ahli added.
He clarified that the accused thief committed the robbery before his break began within a week, and he asked one of his relatives to pack the stolen diamond and ship it to his home country.
One of the most challenging parts of this case was that the thief cut all communication with his friends and relatives inside the country, then escaped to an unknown place. He assumed the police would be looking for him for a period of time, so the case would be recorded as ‘anonymous’.
Then he could leave for his home country. The accused was considered abnormal, but experienced with a security background.