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Driven by ‘millionaire’ dream, worker in Dubai stole $20 mln diamond, arrested

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A worker at a money transfer company has been arrested in the UAE after he was caught stealing a piece of diamond worth $20 million. According to reports, the theft took place on May 25.

Gulf News reported that the Dubai Police inspectors analyzed 8,620 hours of CCTV footage and questioned 120 people in order to reach the suspect after he had shipped the diamond to Sri Lanka by sea.

Police said that the Asian suspect gave the diamond to his relative by hiding it in a sports shoe box. “He has been planning the robbery for 14 days,” said Major General al-Merri.

The suspect was hiding in a neighboring emirate at the time of his arrest, the report said.

According to Colonel Mohammad Aqeel Ahli, deputy director of Criminal Investigation at Dubai Police, the suspect shipped the diamond and hid in a neighboring emirate “in the hope of leaving to his country and becoming a millionaire.”

“Even though the suspect was smart in planning the crime, Dubai Police can always foil the criminals’ plan,” Col Ahli said.