Bank cleaner fleeing with Dh250,000 held

A 24-year-old bank cleaner has been arrested in a neighbouring country after he made off with Dh250,000 which he stole from the bank he works for.

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Published: Tue 27 Aug 2013, 1:31 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:58 AM

On August 17, an official with the local bank reported the theft to the Dibba Fujairah Police after discovering the hefty sum of money was missing from a teller’s safe.

It was alleged the money went missing when the teller was busy carrying out other duties.

After receiving the report, the forensic evidence officers moved to the bank and lifted fingerprints and evidence from the scene and began investigating the theft.

The probe conducted by the forensic evidence officers showed that a worker with the bank had disappeared right after the money went missing and the bank staff unanimously affirmed that the suspect was the last one who was seen in the bank before the stolen sum vanished.

Investigations also revealed that the suspect tried to avoid being captured by the surveillance cameras installed in the bank while he was stealing the cash.

Director of the Dibba Fujairah Police Major Saif Rashid Al Zahmi, stated that the preliminary investigation managed to pinpoint the thief. It was then evident that he fled to another emirate, before fleeing to a neighbouring country.

Maj. Al Zahmi added that the Dibba Fujairah Directorate addressed the Ministry of Interior about the theft, which, in turn, communicated with the International Police ‘Interpol’ to help locate the thief and arrest him.

A.S.R, 24, was apprehended and surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Department of Dibba Fujairah Police. He allegedly ran off with part of the stolen money after distributing some of it to his friends.

Upon interrogation, the accused confessed to his crime and disclosed information which led to the arrest of his partners who were given some of the stolen cash. Some amounts of the money were found in their possession and has been recovered.

The culprits have been referred to the Public Prosecution of Dibba Fujairah.

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