Corporal caught for Smart phone robbery

A police corporal stood trial on Wednesday in the Court of First Instance on the charge of stealing a mobile phone while on duty at the Dubai International Airport.

By Marie Nammour

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Published: Sat 28 Apr 2012, 12:15 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The Emirati officer, 27, admitted during interrogations that he found a smart phone, two other phones and a 5-Euro note in a basket during passenger search.

No one came to claim the items even four hours later. The corporal’s job was to put the found items details on record to be deposited later at the ‘Lost and Found Section’ at the airport.

But he put only the two phones and the note on record, and not the smart phone.

He then passed the file to another corporal at the ‘Lost and Found Section’ to sign.

Once out of the section, the defendant added the smart phone to the list of found items in his own handwriting,

He later sold the smart phone at a shop in Abu Hail in Muraqqabat for Dh 1,250.

A police sergeant, while he was on duty at the airport ground inspection, said that a Nigerian traveller claimed three missing mobile phones and a Euro note. But one mobile phone was not among the deposited items at the ‘lost and found’ section.

It was found out that the accused was the one who handled the found items and he was summoned the following day and questioned. He then confessed that he had stolen it.

The accused was referred to the General Directorate of Airport Security and he faced charges of embezzlement while on duty, forgery and use of forged official document.

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