5 Nigerians arrested in Dubai for burglarizing Al Ansari money exchange

A group of burglars attacked Al Ansari exchange located at the money exchange house in Sharjah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates around midnight on March 20, 2019.  

The United Arab Emirates police said that the 5 men stole currencies worth more than Dh2m (N225.4million) during a robbery that lasted only 7 minutes.  

Only 4 of the robbers entered the Al Ansari Exchange Al Tauwain branch, the fifth person stayed in a getaway car outside the store and they are Nigerian immigrant. – The commander in Chief of the Sharjah Police, Major General Saif Ziri Al Shamsi. 

“The suspects also threatened the employees with sharp weapons before taking away cash. The whole operation lasted seven minutes.”  – Al Shamsi 

The robbery operation was captured on CCTV, The robber walked in, they threatened the staffs and they began smashing glasses with metal objects. The class came down and they made their way to the other side of the counter to steal cash from the safe box. 

The robbery lasted 7 minutes but the alarm didn’t go off until 4 minutes into the robbery. The suspects escaped before the police arrived but they were later captured.  Says the police chief. 

The police special team traced the suspects’ steps from the information collected from the surveillance camera.  The footages led the police to raid Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.  The Suspects were captured in different locations and they were found with the stolen money and weapons. Three of the suspects had resident visas while the other two were on visiting visas.