Dubai police have apprehended a group of ten people suspected of stealing 7 million dirhams (about 1.9 million dollars) from two victims during an armed robbery involving the purchase of bitcoin.
The victims, incidentally two brothers, sought to buy bitcoin worth 7 million AED in a peer-to-peer exchange that saw ten individuals claiming to be salesmen lure the duo into an office before assaulting them and their steal money. News reported during the weekend.
“The brothers randomly searched the market to buy Bitcoin,” said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Dubai police chief Adel Al Joker.
The group of ten persuaded a shop owner in the Al Muraqabbat area of Dubai to obtain the keys of the premises after pretending to be interested in buying his office and a business license, revealed the police. Last Wednesday, at 8 pm, the brothers visited the office where six gang members were waiting inside while three others were outside to keep the door from a transaction that went wrong.
“They assaulted the two brothers and threatened them before they tied their hands and locked them in the office to flee with the money,” said Lt. Col. Al Joker.
The Dubai police command room was alerted to an armed robbery that night and, the same night, reportedly identified the brain behind the robbery within four hours of the crime. The individual, who confessed to the robbery, was arrested in a neighboring emirate while police were tracking the rest of the gang in four different emirates to stop them and recover the money.
Rapid arrests have been possible thanks to the use of artificial intelligence and “smart programs,” according to Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, deputy chief commander in charge of criminal investigations at the Dubai police.
While the details of AI implementation are scarce, the official said:
The use of AI has allowed the Dubai police to arrest a Gulf national, who is at the head of the gang, and other Asian suspects. Information from the data analysis center helped officers arrest all gang members.
After their arrest, the ten suspects were referred to the prosecutors.