Four jailed for mas­sage spa rob­bery

The Gulf Today - - HOME - BY HAMZA M. SENGENDO

DUBAI: Two law-en­force­ment ofi­cers who ganged up with two rob­bers to ran­sack an ‘un­li­censed’ mas­sage cen­tre were on Thurs­day sent to spend six months in prison.

The Arab cop, 22 and his work­mate, 22, joined hands with two Asian ac­com­plices – a driver, 31, and a watch­man, 36 – to rob Dhs9,191.61 from the cen­tre in Al Bar­sha around 2:30am on Sept.26, 2017.

The Crim­i­nal Court im­pris­oned them, and or­dered them to re­turn the Dhs9,191 be­sides pay­ing an equiv­a­lent ine. The work­mate, driver and watch­man will be de­ported af­ter serv­ing the pun­ish­ments.

On the record, as part of the scheme, both ofi­cers sta­tioned their ve­hi­cle just a stone’s throw away from the cen­tre, mak­ing them more el­i­gi­ble to be tasked by the con­cerned law-en­force­ment body.

The driver and watch­man en­tered the cen­tre pos­ing as clients. The watch­man en­tered a room for ser­vices. Five min­utes later he falsely shouted that a masseuse snatched Dhs3,000 from clothes he placed aside.

The driver im­me­di­ately con­tacted the law-en­force­ment body and de­ceived it that there was an ine­bri­ated man wreak­ing havoc in the build­ing hous­ing the cen­tre. The body dis­patched both ofi­cers.

They stormed the cen­tre to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged theft. Masseuses and clients pleaded in­no­cent but both ofi­cers or­dered them to hand over their hand­bags and purses to be searched.

They snatched an In­done­sian masseuse’s Dhs6,000 and a fe­male Viet­namese in­vestor’s Dhs1,200. From a Viet­namese re­cep­tion­ist they snatched Dhs1,400, $100, Euro50 and an as­sort­ment of cur­ren­cies.

Be­fore pros­e­cu­tors, the driver nar­rated that the work­mate be­friended him in a café and later bor­rowed Dhs1,500 from him. He later di­rected him to the salon that was il­lic­itly turned into a mas­sage cen­tre.

He ad­vised him to cause prob­lems, cook up a theft case and con­tact the body be­tween 10pm and 6am – a time when he was on duty in the area. The driver dis­cussed the mat­ter with the watch­man.

Dur­ing the raid, both ofi­cers threat­ened to de­tain the women un­less they re­turned the Dhs3,000. They or­dered them to head to the lounge while they combed the rooms. The cop snatched Dhs2,100 from a ta­ble and de­manded the re­main­ing ‘stolen’ money.

He snatched Dhs900 from a masseuse’s purse. He plucked out the cen­tre’s surveil­lance cam­era and handed it to the driver. They walked away and shared the rob­bery pro­ceeds. An Emirati lieu­tenant said ex­ter­nal surveil­lance footage helped iden­tify both ofi­cers.

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