Man blames joblessness for thefts

A jobless man has justified breaking into cars and stealing from them because of his employment and mental state.

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Published: Tue 19 Feb 2013, 9:17 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:50 AM

Abu Dhabi’s Public Prosecution has referred the man in his thirties to the emirate’s Misdemeanours Court for allegedly vandalising nine motor vehicles by smashing their windowpanes, before making off with money and credit cards kept inside. He was also accused of forgery for allegedly signing on purchase bills of goods by using the credit cards he had stolen from the cars.

The Public Prosecution ordered the detention of the defendant for seven days pending investigations in the case.

Competent authorities were tipped off that an unknown offender had purportedly smashed several vehicles in the parking lots of the armed forces personnel and near Al Wahda Sports club in Al Shahama town on the outskirts of the Capital.

In its allegations, the prosecution said the suspect had used an iron object to break into the cars and steal cash and credit cards. Investigations ended with the arrest of the accused, who had a criminal record, with some of the stolen items found in his possession such as mobile phones, women’s wrist watches, sunglasses and cash.

When interrogated, the suspect confessed to the charges but justified the theft because he was unemployed and mentally disturbed.

He also argued that since he was suffering from psychiatric diseases, he was not responsible for his actions.

The Public Prosecution has warned motorists not to keep valuables or cash inside their vehicles.

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